Q&ACategory: General QuestionsHow to use could & couldn’t and would & wouldn’t correctly?
Sunny520 Asked 2 years

Hello. I am always confuse about the usage of those words in the sentence. Please kindly help answer the question.


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iamuwajimaya Staff answered 2 years

Great question. First we should be clear about the meaning of these.
Could is used to talk about possibilities. It’s usually used as the past tense of ‘can’, or when talking about something that is possible in the future.
Here are some examples:

  • When I lived there, I could see the mountain from my window.
  • We could have asked a question but we didn’t

Possible future:

  • You could quit your job, if you aren’t happy.
  • Could I please have a glass of orange juice?

So, couldn’t is easy. It’s exactly the same, only negative. 
Would is either the past tense of ‘will’ or used to consider something which isn’t real.
Past tense:

  • We decided we would stay home.
  • She didn’t know what she would do.

Unreal things:

  • Would you be excited if she said she likes you?
  • If I could go anywhere, I would go to England.

Basically, that’s it.

iamuwajimayaiamuwajimaya Staff replied 2 years ago

Glad to hear it.

Sunny520 replied 2 years ago

Thanks for your kind instruction. Now I am clear about them.

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