216 Can vs Could – Confusing Vocabulary Lesson

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Can & could are sometimes confusing for English learners. For today’s English lesson let’s have look at how we use these two words in English conversation & writing.

Here are the example sentences:
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Using CAN:

  • I can listen to just about any kind of music.
  • Lori can sing Italian songs very well.
  • Can you dance?
  • Can I borrow your pen?
  • If you want, you can come to my house and study here.
  • Can I help you move those books?

Using COULD:

  • Could I borrow your pen?
  • Could I have another piece of cake?
  • It could rain tomorrow, so we should prepare for that.
  • There could be a lot of traffic. I think we should leave a little early today.
  • When I was a kid, I could spend a whole day listening to records.
  • My grandmother could cook very delicious dishes.
  • Jane could count to 100 when she was three years old.
  • Yesterday was my day off, so I was able to spend the whole day listening to records.
  • Were you able to contact Jane this morning?
  • Yesterday was a nice day. I could have gone fishing, but I stayed home and worked in the garden.
  • I could have missed my flight if the taxi driver was late.

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