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SHOULD vs. COULD

SHOULD
Expressing advice
You should do your homework.
You shouldn't play with that knife.
Expressing expectations:
Sara should do well on her driving test.
She's been practicing for six months now.
COULD
Polite Question:
Could you please pass me the salt?
Past Ability:
When I was young, I could skate very well.
Making a Suggestion:
We could have a picnic this weekend.
Expressing a Possibility:
Jason could be at the library, but I'm not sure.
Expressing impossibility:
Jason couldn't be at the library. I just saw him in the classroom.

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