Would, Could or Might?
Would, Could and Might are 3 modal verbs that have a lot of crossover and similar meanings. Let’s learn about how to use them fluently.
The past tense of can
Could you please help me? (more polite than can)
I could miss the train if I don’t leave now.
The past tense of may
He might miss the train (50/50 change)
We only use “would”
I would be so happy if the sun came out.
We can use both “would” or “could”. It’s the same.
Would you help me?
Could you help me?
We can use “could” or “might”
It could rain today
It might rain today.
When we talk about our plan or intention, it’s a bit different.
I might help you = Maybe I will say yes. Maybe I will say no.
I could help you = I have the ability to help you