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what is the difference in meaning of these two sentences???

You must carry on so that you can succeed.

You must carry on so that you could succeed.

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In purpose clauses with "so that" and "in order that", "can" is used in present/future settings, and "could" is used in past settings. Thus, you can have:

  • You must carry on (now) so that you can succeed (in the future).

  • You had to carry on (in the past) so that you could succeed (in the past).

Depending on the context, instead of "can" you can find "will" or "may", and instead of "could" you can find "would" or "might".

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  • Does the sentence " You must carry on so that you could succeed" , doesn't mean that, You must carry on so that you may succeed or for a possibility of succeess – Ramteja Guthikonda Jan 27 at 19:10
  • No. Please read my reply. – Gustavson Jan 27 at 20:02

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