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1). His dance was unbelievable! I don't know if I can do do it.

2). His dance was unbelievable! I don't know if I could do it.

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?

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The first one is to be used if the speaker is actually going to try to do it.

The second is to be used in the hypothetical situation, that is, if the speaker has no intention of trying to do it.

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  • Got it. But is there any possibility for the second sentence to represent past ability? – ramteja guthikonda Jun 29 at 15:49
  • No, then that would be "I don't know if I could have done it." – Prime Mover Jun 29 at 20:13

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