Answered By: Writing Center Last Updated: Apr 28, 2015 Views: 1
We often use can or could to ask people to do things. It connotes requests.
e.g.: Can you do me a favor? I wonder if you could help me.
Can or could are also used to ask for something.
e.g.: Can I have these postcards, please? Could I have the salt, please?
We also use can or could to ask for and give permission.
e.g.: Could I use your phone? You can use the phone.
Sometimes we use can to offer to do something.
e.g.: Can I get you a cup of coffee?
Would is used to connote offering and inviting.
e.g.: Would you like a cup of coffee?
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