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Even though sub-Saharan Africa often evokes images of drought and famine, researchers say that the area is the home of more than 2,000 grains, vegetables, roots, fruits, and other foods that have the possibility for feeding the continent, even other parts of the world.

(A) have the possibility for feeding the continent, even
(B) have the possibility of feeding the continent, even of
(C) could feed the continent, so even with
(D) could feed the continent and even
(E) could possibly feed the continent and, in addition, for even

Please can some one explain the use of could in this sentence.. Here the non-underlined part of sentence uses present tense then why is the necessity to use past tense could here?
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Originally posted by skamal7 on 08 Jun 2013, 05:08.
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Please can some one explain the use of could in this sentence.. Here the non-underlined part of sentence uses present tense then why is the necessity to use past tense could here?
Please explain


In the sentence could is used as an auxiliary verb: "could" expresses a possibility, an hypothetical situation, we don't have a necessity to use "could" though.
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Even though sub-Saharan Africa often evokes images of drought and famine, researchers say that the area is the home of more than 2,000 grains, vegetables, roots, fruits, and other foods that have the possibility for feeding the continent, even other parts of the world.

A and B use a wrong idiom "have the possibility of/ for".
E is redundant: as I said before "could" expresses a possibility and "could possibly" is redundant.
In addition E is not parallel : "feed the continent and (...) for even".

(C) could feed the continent, so even with other parts of the world. Structure issue, and not parallel
(D) could feed the continent and even other parts of the world. Parallel and clear
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Even though sub-Saharan Africa often evokes images of drought and famine, researchers say that the area is the home of more than 2,000 grains, vegetables, roots, fruits, and other foods that have the possibility for feeding the continent, even other parts of the world.

(A) have the possibility for feeding the continent, even
(B) have the possibility of feeding the continent, even of
(C) could feed the continent, so even with
(D) could feed the continent and even
(E) could possibly feed the continent and, in addition, for even

Please can some one explain the use of could in this sentence.. Here the non-underlined part of sentence uses present tense then why is the necessity to use past tense could here?
Please explain


It is important to recall that "could feed"is not past tense exactly. It's a future"hope" .
For example consider the sentence - "I am wealthy. I could/should help the poor."
The word could/should is a hopeful future tense and not past tense, but makes perfect grammar & sense. I'm not 100 percent sure what these are called, but it's similar to the conditional Clauses - " if I were a bird, I would fly" which also seems to have two different tense forms, but is grammatically correct.

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SO can you point some differences when to use can and could?
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SO can you point some differences when to use can and could?


To be honest, they are both correct! But the word 'could' is more 'respect-giving'. Lets take a few examples :-

When talking to your best friend, we'd rather say - " I can do it". But when talking to an elder/respected person, we'd rather say -" I could do it"

In the same way, if you ask permission to a KING or someone higher above, the more correct way to ask would be - "Could I do it my LORD?" rather than "Can I do it my LORD?"

A few more examples:-

"May I come in Teacher?" vs "Might I come in Teacher?" - Both are the same in terms of grammar & meaning. But 'Might' is just very more humble/respect-giving.

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Even though sub-Saharan Africa often evokes images of drought and famine, researchers say that the area is the home of more than 2,000 grains, vegetables, roots, fruits, and other foods that have the possibility for feeding the continent, even other parts of the world.

(A) have the possibility for feeding the continent, even - "have the possibility of..." is an unidiomatic construction
(B) have the possibility of feeding the continent, even of - same as A
(C) could feed the continent, so even with - parallelism issue - "with" isn't parallel to anything in the other part of the sentence ; Run on - (c) is not grammatically a sentence; if you use "so" as a conjunction, it should be followed by an independent clause (i.e., another complete sentence)
(D) could feed the continent and even - Correct
(E) could possibly feed the continent and, in addition, for even - parallelism issue - "for" isn't parallel to anything in the other part of the sentence ; also has two instances of redundancy:
could + possibly
and + in addition

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daagh egmat. Can you explain the usage of could here? I believe the sentence should have can.
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daagh egmat. Can you explain the usage of could here? I believe the sentence should have can.


if you understand what the sentence is saying—we're talking about feeding 2 different regions—it should be clear that the sentence is talking about some potentiality of feeding. take a hint from the other choices. (A), (B) and (E) use the word possibility/possibly..

"Can" means that these foods can actually feed the continent and/or other parts of the world right now. I.e., there's not just a potential; the foods are actually present in sufficient quantity to feed the entire continent NOW.

"Could" refers to a potential that may not yet have been realized.

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