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the difference between WOULD, SHOULD, COULD

Hi to everybody! I'm studying the conditional tenses and l don't understand when l must use should, would or could. I think that we use COULD when we talk about things or actions that we can or can't do it. We use WOULD when we use the verb will in the past. And should? I don't know.

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  • Penelope204Penelope204 Posts: 70 ✭✭
    @GemmaRowlands
  • Penelope204Penelope204 Posts: 70 ✭✭
    @GemmaRowlands
  • Penelope204Penelope204 Posts: 70 ✭✭
    @Bubbly @gomaa @mheredge
  • peaceculture2peaceculture2 Posts: 1,311 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Hello @Penelope204
  • peaceculture2peaceculture2 Posts: 1,311 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Use SHOULD and SHOULDN’T for advice
    Here are some examples of using should and shouldn’t to ask for and give advice and suggestions:

    “I’ve had a really bad headache for the past week.”
    “That’s not good – you should go to the doctor.”

    “I want to make more friends, but I don’t know how.”
    “First of all, you shouldn’t spend so much time on the computer. You should go out and join a club or start playing a sport instead!”

    “I had a fight with my best friend. What should I do?”
    “Hmm… I think you should call her and tell her you’re sorry.”



    Use COULD and COULDN’T for ability in the past
    Could and couldn’t are the past forms of can and can’t:

    When I was younger, I could run a mile in 7 minutes. Now it takes me 20 minutes!

    Yesterday, I couldn’t find my wallet anywhere – but this morning I found it.

    Last year, he couldn’t speak English very well, but now he can.

    Use COULD for possibilities in the future
    Here’s an example of could to talk about future possibilities:

    “Do you have any ideas for our publicity campaign?”

    “Yes, I’ve got a few ideas. I could put advertisements on Facebook and Google. We could also give out pamphlets in our neighborhood. Maybe John could even contact local TV stations.”

    Use COULD to make polite requests
    Could you please open the window? It’s hot in here.
    Could you turn the music down? Thanks.
    Could you make 10 copies of this report, please?
    Use WOULD to talk about unreal or unlikely situations
    If I were the president of my company, I would make a lot of changes.
    If people were more generous, there wouldn’t be so much poverty in the world today.
    She would travel around the world if she had more vacation time.
    Note: In this case, would is often shortened to ‘d

    If I were the president of my company, I’d make a lot of changes.
    Use WOULD YOU LIKE to make polite offers
    Here are some examples of using would you like…? to make polite offers:

    “Would you like anything to drink?”
    “A soda would be great. Thanks!”

    “Would you like to join us for dinner?”
    “I’d love to, but I actually have other plans tonight.”

    “Would you like to see some pictures from my vacation?”
    “Sure!”

    Don’t use “to” after should, could, and would:


    for more read follow this link (source) https://www.espressoenglish.net/difference-between-should-could-and-would/
  • Penelope204Penelope204 Posts: 70 ✭✭
    @peaceculture2 thank you very much. your expication is really exaustive!!!! So for example:

    SHOULD
    -"I'll have an exam next week. I'm carried about it."
    " You should study every day for three hours and you'll see you'll pass the exam"
    -"I've been having a handache for last three days"
    "you shuld go to an osteopath"

    COULD
    -When I was young I could go to my school on walk because it was near my house.
    _After I could sleep every sunday until late, now I have to go to work early.
    _Could you borrow me a pen please?

    WOULD
    -If I were rich I would buy a new car.
    -If I had had more time, I would studied better.
    _If I had eaten less when I was young, today I wouldn't be so fat (It's not really I'm thin :blush: )

    -Would you like to go to the cinema with me?
    -What would you like for breakfast tomorrow morning?
    Are all tenses right?
    I would ask you another thing. I'm reading a english book. It is The adventure of Charlie in the Wonka's factory. Do you Know the story? The author tell the story in the past but he often use would instead of past simple. Could you explain me why?
  • peaceculture2peaceculture2 Posts: 1,311 ✭✭✭✭✭
    No I don't know the story.

    But I know this would is not just for the past even for wishes . so its okay . I would like to read that book can you share with me? @Penelope204
  • Penelope204Penelope204 Posts: 70 ✭✭
    Of coursemy friend! It is a story for children. I read it in italina language when I was young. It was my favourite book in my childhood. And now given that I need to read more in English that Italian I've borrowed it from the library. ( Is it correct say "I've borrowed from the library"?). Anyway the title of the book is "The complete adventure of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka" written by Roald Dahl. He's a good writer of children's stories. It has made a film about this history with jhonny Deep. I suggest you to see that it's wonderful. But before you read the book :)
  • EleynaEleyna Posts: 3
    So thank you very much @peaceculture2, all the explanations from you, very useful.

    Then, I've known about the difference between Could, Should and Would.

    Very useful and helpful.

    Mmm, if you don't mind, would you like to explain about when we use I had, I have and I've already? Are those same meaning?

    Thank you before :wink:
  • peaceculture2peaceculture2 Posts: 1,311 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Eleyna wrote: »
    So thank you very much @peaceculture2, all the explanations from you, very useful.

    Then, I've known about the difference between Could, Should and Would.

    Very useful and helpful.

    Mmm, if you don't mind, would you like to explain about when we use I had, I have and I've already? Are those same meaning?

    Thank you before :wink:


    Grammaticality are not the same, for instance 'had' it's the past tense of 'have'

    I have doing this for while
    I had tight schedule on weekend
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 25,244 mod
    I would if I could. But should I?
  • mohit_singhmohit_singh Posts: 2,167 ✭✭✭✭
    @peaceculture2 ....your post is really helpfull peace.
    But i want to ask that could we use "could" in sense of future tense?
    like "i could do that whenever i will get a chance" .
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,899 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    You can also practice it with the help of this exercise.

    http://www.englishpage.com/modals/interactivemodal6.htm
  • Richu2015Richu2015 Posts: 6
    Now only I joined this forum explanation for could, should. Would was amazing
  • Penelope204Penelope204 Posts: 70 ✭✭
    Hi guys!!!! I need to improve my written production for english exam. I Would have to analyse a poem. Where I could exercise myself??? @peaceculture2 @GemmaRowlands
  • landailandai Posts: 13 ✭✭
    Thank @peaceculture2, your explanation is very clear so now I understand how to use would, could and should
  • peaceculture2peaceculture2 Posts: 1,311 ✭✭✭✭✭
    landai said:

    Thank @peaceculture2, your explanation is very clear so now I understand how to use would, could and should

    Your welcome,
  • peaceculture2peaceculture2 Posts: 1,311 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi guys!!!! I need to improve my written production for English exam. I Would have to analyse a poem. Where I could exercise myself??? @peaceculture2 @GemmaRowlands

    I don't know the exact page to help you, but could you visit this link http://www.learn-english-forum.org/categories/your-writing . I hope you can write there


  • faiz49faiz49 Posts: 158 ✭✭
    > @mheredge said:
    > I would if I could. But should I?

    hahahahaah :) great ! i never thought before
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