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Hi. I can't hear clearly and I see the transcript but know, they talk very fast, sound don't like what I saw. Can you give me a advice?

Hi boyane,

Practice makes perfect! It takes time to develop your ear. I have two main suggestions. First, listen to an episode many times - at least five or six! If it's still very difficult to follow, then I'd suggest trying Word on the Street or the Elementary Podcasts, which are a bit slower.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

What is the diffrent can & could ple teal me

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hi, i have i question about "can" and "could", its well known that "could" is the past form of "can", but sometimes i see sentences where "could" is used in present tenses, in questions also in answers, so how to get the actual use of these words, like i am confused as peoples says, for example ;( you can go to Karachi today after one hour, ) and ( you could go to Karachi today after one hour, )

Hi Baloch Faisal,

I was actually asked just this question a day or two ago and my answer was as follows.

You are correct that 'could' is the past form of 'can'.  It is a modal verb and though it can have a present meaning, as in your example, it is formally a past form.  This is because in English we use past forms for more than just past time.  We can use them to show politeness ('Could you pass me the sugar?' is a little more polite than 'Can you pass me the sugar?'), to show that something is not likely ('If you could help me, that would be great' is less certain than 'If you can help me, that will be great'), amongst other uses.  

To learn more about different modal verbs, including 'could', visit this page.  You'll see links there to pages about specific modals and meanings.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Sir Peter, this thing i know in present "could" is used as politeness, as you gave me example that is below,
We can use them to show politeness ('Could you pass me the sugar?' is a little more polite than 'Can you pass me the sugar?'),
but this is in asking, something like questions, "could" is used above, but my question is also in answering in present tense some times i see peoples using "could", like, (you could get nice job after passing out your study), or (work hard you could win the match tomorrow), are these correct sentences ? if yes then how because "can" is present form it would be put here.