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Dear experts,

Please help me with the ways of answering that kind of questions: Could you...?

Is it possible to say : Yes, I can / No, I can't ?

If that's one way of answering that kind of questions, please reassure me that I can use it.

Thank you so much for help!

Take care.

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In a simple question context, could is often used as a slightly more polite form of can.

But we usually answer the question in the same way that it was asked.

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Could you...?

Yes, I could . . .

No, I couldn't . . .

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Can you . . . ?

Yes, I can . . . / No, I can't . . .

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jennifertranIf that's one way of answering that kind of questions, please reassure me that I can use it.

Yes, you can use that, but be aware that a great many "Could you ...?" questions are veiled commands for you to do something non-verbal. Answering "Yes, I can/could" without acting to fulfill the request would be somewhat rude.

Could you scoot over a little to make room for us?
Sure. No problem. (And you move to make room.)

It's getting really hot in here. Could you open the window a little wider?
Of course. I'd be glad to. (And you open the window more.)

CJ

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jennifertranIf that's one way of answering that kind of questions, please reassure me that I can use it.

It depends on the rest of the question. As a general rule, though, it is not good to answer literally a question that is no more than a polite formula making a request of you.

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Now, I certainly understood what you explained. Thank you so very much for your detailed explanation.

Take care!