• Did you know you could follow us on our Twitter?


  • Did you know you can follow us on our Twitter?
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    Both are correct. But "... follow us on Twitter" is more natural. "A Twitter" is not a thing one can posess.
    – TypeIA
    Oct 27 '20 at 21:24
  • They are both grammatically correct, but may mean different things. The second says that it is possible without implying any conditions. The second says it is possible subject to an unstated condition such as "if you want to." In this case, the difference is probably meaningless, but sometimes a conditional that leaves the condition unstated is misleading. For example "if we permit it" changes the meaning materially. Oct 27 '20 at 21:40

Both of these are corrrect, and in practice there is no significant difference in meaning for a US Native speaker between "Did you know that you could X" and "Did you know that you can X".

As @TypeIA points out "on Twitter" is more common than "on our* Twitter". But I would not call either incorrect. An alternative would be "on our Twitter feed" or "on our Twitter channel." A feed or channel is associated with a particular user account as all of Twitter is not. But simply "on Twitter" is still more common, in my experience.

While the statement by @Jeff Morrow about the difference between "could" and "can" in this construction is probably technically correct, I think that in practice this distinction is rarely if ever intended, and a learner would be best to treat these as of identical meaning.

  • Please consider an edit in light of my comment to the OP's post. Oct 27 '20 at 21:42

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