Question: Could You Or Can You Or Would You?

Could you or can you?

“Could” is the polite form of “can”—so both are correct, but we use them in different situations.

We use “can” when we are telling someone to do something.

We use “could” when we are making a request.

Teacher to students: “Can you please be quiet!”.

Can you or could you in email?

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…”.

Where is could used?

Could: “Could” is used to express possibility. Something that could happen is not necessarily something that must happen. Could does not express desire or opinion. It is simply used to state one or more things that are possible (even if they are unlikely) or were possible in the past (even if they didn’t happen).

Can I ask you something or may I ask you something?

It is grammatically correct to say, “Could I ask you something.” You could also say, “May I ask you something?” to be extremely polite. “Can I ask you something?” is for a present moment question. Could is related to can.

Can you rude?

Using can instead of may isn’t necessarily rude, though there are times when may is considered more polite. It depends on the context. Can refers to ability. May could be used to request permission or to express a possibility.

Can could tenses?

It doesn’t have all of the tenses that verbs usually have. It has the simple past tense could, but no past participle. When a past participle is needed, the expression be able to is used instead.

Could you VS would you?

But I would suppose that “would” is more polite, because it expresses the idea of probability, and of willingness, and of the desire that something be done, whereas “could” is more in the realm of ability (yes I can). And according to the American Heritage Dictionary, “would” is used to make a polite request.

Could you vs Could you please?

We also use ‘could’ to ask permission; it is more polite or formal than ‘can’. Changing the word order to “could you please” is no more or less polite – it’s a matter of style. whether requests starting with “Please can/could you…” render the same degree of politeness as those that start with “Could you please…”.

Can and could grammar?

Can, like could and would, is used to ask a polite question, but can is only used to ask permission to do or say something (“Can I borrow your car?” “Can I get you something to drink?”). Could is the past tense of can, but it also has uses apart from that–and that is where the confusion lies.

Could you please help me meaning?

Could you help me is a polite way of saying “Will you please take the time to help me?” It should be said with a diffident smile, and delivered not as a demand, but as a request.

Could you please is a question or not?

Question marks should not follow questions that are disguised requests: “Could you please close the door on your way out.” (In writing, such requests are best rendered more concisely: “Please close the door on your way out.”)

Why is it May I instead of can I?

But the permission use of can is not in fact incorrect in standard English. The only difference between the two verbs is that one is more polite than the other. In informal contexts it’s perfectly acceptable to use can; in formal situations it would be better to use may.