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I was reading the following introduce yourself text while the usage of could cought my attention:

My name is John. I'm from Russia. My family lives there, in a small city in the south, almost in the border with China. I lived part of my life there and part in italy. And I came to China this year to study in Peking University, where I'm doing Master in Engineering. Here in China I still didn't traveled so much but I visited some famous places in Beijing. I was in the Great Wall, in the Temple of Heaven and also visited Forbiden City. I'm learning Chinese here and it will be great if I could teach English also.

In the last phrase, shouldn't be better to use "can" instead of "could"?

  • It's a subjunctive tense, which with very few exceptions employs the same inflections as past tense. So it should be could and not can. There are, however, a few other flaws in the grammar of the text. – Igid Dec 17 '17 at 17:58
  • @Igid quite a few ;-) – Stephie Dec 17 '17 at 17:59
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    "My family lives there, in a small city in the south, almost on the border with China. I lived part of my life there and part in Italy. And I came to China this year to study at Peking University, where I'm doing a Masters in Engineering. Here in China I still haven't traveled so much but I have visited some famous places in Beijing. I visited/went to the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven and also the Forbidden City. I'm learning Chinese here and it would be great if I could teach English also." – Igid Dec 17 '17 at 18:01
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    @Igid That's a lot of free editing. – Lambie Dec 17 '17 at 18:21
  • @Lambie I bill by the minute, but the first one's free. – Igid Dec 17 '17 at 18:51
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Yes - "could" is appropriate.

However, "it will" should be "it would." "If would be great if I could teach English also."

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