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I am stucking at "can" and "could" definition in my words sentence.What should i use?

[Like ebay Auction rule]

1.You are responsible to pay the charges within 7 days after won. If not,you couldn't bid on our auction and you could bid after payment has been completed.

2.You are responsible to pay the charges within 7 days after won. If not,you can't bid on our auction and you can bid after payment has been completed.

Which one was right to take?If so,please explain about why should i use this?

Thank you.Any help?

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    I would use "can't" (because "couldn't" doesn't even make any sense). I would also put whitespaces after commas, periods, and question marks (because in English, and all languages using the Latin alphabet, you must put whitespaces after commas, periods, and question marks). – ЯegDwight Aug 27 '15 at 10:38
  • You also should say "When should I use ..." – Azor Ahai Aug 27 '15 at 14:56
  • Isn't (2) is obviously the correct sentence because of the tenses? – XPMai Aug 30 '15 at 9:45
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Both sentences are clunky, as you can't "bid" after you've paid someone.

I think a better way of saying it is:

Once you have won an auction, you must pay within 7 days of the auction closing. If you have not paid for your order within 7 days of the auction closing, your order will be cancelled.

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