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Permission

Use can or may to ask for or give permission. Even though both are okay to use, may is more formal and is often taught as the “correct” way to ask for permission.

Examples:
Can I leave the classroom for a minute?
-Yes, you can.

May I leave the classroom for a minute?
-No, you may not.

Requests

Use could, would, can or will to make a request. In this case, can and will are less polite, but still fine to use.

Examples:
Could you lend me five dollars?
-Yes, I could, but I don’t want to!

Would you lend me five dollars?
-Yes, I will. (Use will because now it is a promise in the future)

Can you lend me five dollars?
-Yes, I can, but I don’t want to!

Will you lend me five dollars?
-Yes, I will.

Questions? Ask me in the Comments Form or book a class with me to practice!