the word 'would' is used when u know that the other person can do somethin n then its upto him whether he wants to do it or not, but when you say 'could', u actually dont know whether he is capable of doing it or not.
For example, "Could u make me a cup of coffee?" means u dunno if that fellow can make coffee or not but u want him to make it 4 u, but if u say "Would u make me a cup of coffee?", it will mean that u know that that fellow makes coffee but u dunno if he'll make it for u, n u r therefore requesting him to make i 4 u.is it clear now?? yes maybe would is the past tense for will. could is past tense for can. i think. my grammer is as sux as yours. would is something you can do with an exception could if just something you can do you use the word exactly when you want to say something is percisely what it is:
Q-"did you brush your teeth and go to bed "?
A-"yes that is exactly what I did, i brushed my teeth and went to bed"
would and could denote what can be done .
I would go to sleep, but the noise is too loud.
I could run a mile, but I dont want to right now. "Could" has to do with ability.
"I could climb that mountain, if I was in good physical condition." (I am able if I have the physical strength.)
"Would" is more conditional.
"I would give my money to that charity, but I think it is dishonest." (If I thought it was honest, I might donate. I could, but I may not.)
Hope this helps.
This is a rather tough one. In American English usage, "would" contains the element of volition or desire. It is the participle of "will." "Could" contains the element of ability or possibility. It is the participle of "can." Both are often used as auxiliary verbs (can/could walk, will/would speak, etc.).
However, this is proper usage, and many people, in everyday spoken American English, make little distinction between the two. if you say
"i would do that"
it means if you were in the situation, you will do it, you are going to perform it.
on the other hand -
"i could do that"
means if you were in the situation, you can do it - you are capable, you have the ability.
hope that helps Could - past simple of can, used to talk about what someone or something was able or allowed to do:
When I was younger I could stay up all night and not get tired.
We asked if the computer could access the Internet.
Would - Intention, request
1 used to refer to future time from the point of view of the past:
He said he would see his brother tomorrow.
2 would have used to refer back to a time in the past from a point of view in the future:
We thought they would have got home by five o'clock, but there was no reply when we phoned.
Would (WILLING) past simple of will
Would (REASON) - Why would anyone want to eat something so horrible?
Would (ADVISE) - I wouldn't (= I advise you not to) worry about it, if I were you.
Would (LIKELY) used to refer to what is quite likely:
"The guy on the phone had an Australian accent." "That would be Tom, I expect."
Would (OPINION) used to express an opinion in a polite way without being forceful:
I would imagine we need to speak to the headteacher about this first.
It's not what we would have expected from a professional service.
Would (OFTEN) used to talk about things in the past that happened often or always:
He would always turn and wave at the end of the street.
Would (WISH) - would rather/sooner used to show that you prefer to have or do one thing more than another:
Which would you sooner do - go swimming or play tennis?
Wouldn't you rather finish it tomorrow?
He'd rather die than (= He certainly does not want to) let me think he needed help.
Would that ... used to express a strong wish or desire:
Would that (= If only) she could see her famous son now.
Would (REQUEST) used as a more polite form of will in requests and offers:
Would you mind sharing a room?
Would you like me to come with you?
Would you like some cake?
1--used to refer to a situation that you can imagine happening:
I would hate to miss the show.
It would have been very boring to sit through the whole speech.
2--used with if in conditional sentences (= sentences which refer to what happens if something else happens):
What would you do if you lost your job? Source(s):
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