1

1). No one can fool me.

2). No one could fool me.

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?

4
  • This is easily findable on the web. You are supposed to make an effort on your own and then ask.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 1, 2020 at 19:46
  • Sorry I have been trying very hard for a long time. I have even posted many questions related to this can-could. But I being able to underatand that particular answer. For new sentences , it’s new again. So could you please explain to me Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 7:05
  • can versus could google.com/…
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 13:02
  • 2
    Does this answer your question? What's the difference between can,could and may?
    – Lambie
    Commented Jun 1 at 16:24

2 Answers 2

0

From my answer to a similar question

Can = have the ability to

Could = have the potential of

No one can fool me. (no one has the ability to fool me)

No one could fool me. (no one has the potential of fooling me)

2
  • "Ability" and "potential" are more or less synonyms.
    – Casey
    Commented Dec 25, 2021 at 8:03
  • have potential means you may not have the ability now, but possible to have it in the future
    – Tang Ho
    Commented Dec 25, 2021 at 11:43
0

It may be easier to understand if you turn them into questions

  1. "Can you do it?" is asking if you are capable of doing it. It could refer to if you have the skills to do it, or even if you have done it before.

  2. "Could you do it" is requesting the person to do it.

Back to statements.

  1. "I can do it" is saying I am able to do it, or I have the skills to do it.
  2. "I could do it" is saying that I could do it if I wanted to, but perhaps I don't want to do it.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .