Could in future tense?Asked by: Zach Parker | Last update: 18 July 2021
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The use of 'could', 'would', or 'will be' all imply future tense. The past tense version would be: "You could not have made me happy, and I am convinced that I am the last woman in the world who could have made you so."View full answer
Also to know, Can could be used for future?
Possibility. We often use could to express possibility in the present and the future.
Similarly, it is asked, Can couldn't be used in future tense?. everybody(we are non native speaker) said 'could' is the past form of 'can' so you can't use "couldn't" with tomorrow. Because 'tomorrow' means future tense not past tense.
Beside the above, Could uses and examples?
- They could come by car. (= Maybe they will come by car.) ...
- It can be very cold here in winter. ...
- That can't be true. ...
- It's ten o'clock. ...
- It could be very cold there in winter. ...
- They know the way here. ...
- She can speak several languages. ...
- I can see you.
Can Past Present Future?
Using "Can" in Present, Past, and Future. Most modal verbs behave quite irregularly in the past and the future. Study the chart below to learn how "can" behaves in different contexts.
Would is a past-tense form of will. If you are writing about past events, you can use it to indicate something that was in the future at that point in time, but is not necessarily in the future right now. In other words, you use would to preserve the future aspect when talking about the past.
We usually use could or couldn't to talk about general abilities in the past. She could paint before she started school. I couldn't cook until I went to university. When I lived next to the pool, I could go swimming every day.
"Could" is a modal verb used to express possibility or past ability as well as to make suggestions and requests. "Could" is also commonly used in conditional sentences as the conditional form of "can." Examples: Extreme rain could cause the river to flood the city.
- I wish you could hear yourself talking. ...
- What could he do about it but lose more sleep? ...
- How could she blame him? ...
- How could he find out? ...
- I never thought I could do it. ...
- I had let so much gas out of my balloon that I could not rise again, and in a few minutes the earth closed over my head.
Could has no tenses, no participles, and no infinitive form. There is no past tense, but could have followed by a past participle is used for referring to something in the past that was not real, or something that may possibly have been real: I could have been killed.
The modal verbs can and could represent the ability of a person or thing in doing something. However, there is a difference in their usage, as 'can' is used in present situation, whereas we can use 'could' for talking about a past ability. Both are followed by a base form of the verb.
English Grammar - Modal Verbs. Both Can and Could are Modal Verbs. In general Could is considered more polite (or formal) that Can.
In statements, we use "can't" for present tense, and "couldn't" for past tense. ... "Couldn't" is used to refer to impossible things in the past. So, we cannot use them interchangeably. So, present tense, "can't," past tense, "couldn't."
To answer the question: "could" definitely sounds slightly more polite than "can" to a native speaker since it is less direct and more deferential as a result. "Could" is a form of "can", so both are technically asking "are you able to...". This is not the difference between the two.
- He ran as fast as he could.
- She could swim when she was just three.
- Raju can speak six languages.
- I don't think I will pass the test.
- He failed the test because he could answer only 2 questions.
- He said that he would help but he didn't.
- If I had enough money, I would travel around the world.
Both are correct. The first is more direct, and the second is more polite. Could you please . . . gives slightly more room for refusal than Can you please . . .
Could, would, and should are all used to talk about possible events or situations, but each one tells us something different. Could is used to say that an action or event is possible. Would is used to talk about a possible or imagined situation, and is often used when that possible situation is not going to happen.
The modal 'can' is a commonly used modal verb in English. It is used to express; ability, opportunity, a request, to grant permission, to show possibility or impossibility.