How to Use Could and Would Properly

Would is a verb used to express a desire. You can use it to make a request, order, or instruction, or to invite someone to do something. You could also make a request if you’re offering something, and then use if for the opposite action. Would is a useful verb because it’s used for several different purposes. In this article, I’ll explain how to use it correctly. I’ll also explain what would mean in sentences and paragraphs.


The verb could can be a little tricky. Its main purpose is to express a possibility, not certainty. However, it can also be used to express an intention or a certainty. Could and would are both past tense verbs that begin with the same letter as their root verb. So, how do you use them? Follow these tips to improve your usage of could. The following are examples of sentences in which you could use either word.

Could is used to talk about a person’s ability in the present, or the past. Could is used when someone could have done something, but wasn’t able to do so. While ‘could’ is a perfect way to express ability in the past, could is often used to discuss potential future outcomes. This form is more appropriate in casual conversation. As a result, it can be confusing for English language learners and beginning writers alike.