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Hi guys

which one is correct and is there a different in the meaning?

" a man who can struggle in a painful life " he says or

" a man who can struggle in a painful life " says he

which one is correct and is there a different in the meaning?

" a man who can struggle in a painful life" he said

" a man who can struggle in a painful life" said he

What is the difference between using the present simple and the past simple ?

and finally

when to use could and when to use can?

thanks in advance
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which one is correct and is there a different in the meaning?

First, please note that all of these statements are wrong because you have not used any capital letters. Furthermore, you have used no punctuation except quotation marks.

Finally, the words within your quotation marks are not a complete sentence. There is no main clause, no main verb.



" a man who can struggle in a painful life " he says or

" a man who can struggle in a painful life " says he

he says and says he are both correct. says he is more literary and much less common.



which one is correct and is there a different in the meaning?

" a man who can struggle in a painful life" he said

" a man who can struggle in a painful life" said he

What is the difference between using the present simple and the past simple ?
Past Simple tells us he said it in the past.

Present Simple has various meanings. It commonly tells us that the speaker is in the habit of saying this every day.

when to use could and when to use can? Here is a detailed discussion of this.

http://www.differencebetween.net/language/grammar-language/difference-between-could-and-can /

Clive

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Hi,

which one is correct and is there a different in the meaning?

" a man who can struggle in a painful life " he says or

" a man who can struggle in a painful life " says he

They are both OK, and have the same basic meaning. However, 'said he' is almost never used today in everyday speech. If you use simple present, it means he has a habit of saying this, it is his ongoing opinion. If you use simple past, it just means he said it at some time in the past, eg last Tuesday.

Do you know that a man who can struggle in a painful life is not a complete sentence? eg no main verb

and finally

when to use could and when to use can?

I suggest you check your grammar book, then write some sentences and post them here. I'd be happy to check them for you and comment on any problems. OK?

Best wishes, Clive
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Thanks alot clive

why the sentence I wrote isn't a complete sentence?

and about can & could

All I know is to use can for the present and could for the past?

can I say " he could stay with us tonight" ?
Hi,

" a man who can struggle in a painful life "

why the sentence I wrote isn't a complete sentence?"

Because who can struggle in a painful life is only a subordinate clause. You need a main clause to make a sentence. eg " a man who can struggle in a painful life is a brave man ". Here, 'a man .... is a brave man' is the main clause. The subordinate clause describes 'man'.

can I say " he could stay with us tonight" ? Yes, it means it's a future possibility.

Best wishes again, Clive
Thanks again clive

so is there no difference between

I could speak english and I can speak english?
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Hi,

so is there no difference between I could speak english and I can speak english?

I didn't say that. These words can be used in a variety of ways, eg possibility and ability. 'I can speak English' means 'I have the ability to speak English'. 'I could speak English' is different.

As I suggested, you should look at these words in a little more depth in your grammar book, and then post some sentences here for us to correct for you.

Best wishes, Clive
Hello Clive,
Can you tell me when it is correct to use the words said verses says.

Example
Mommy says that it take a strong person to stand up for someone else, but it is the right thing to do.

Should I be using the word SAID or SAYS in the example above?

Let me know,

Thanks
Consider this broad idea. ( Later, you can consider subtleties.).

Mom said . . .. she said it at some point in the past

Mom says. . . . she always/often says it
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