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Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021 1:20:05 AM
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Play with your feathered friend. Eclectus need to be entertained. Otherwise, it could start showing stress reactions even without other stressors.

Can "may" or "can" substitute for "could"?

Thanks.
sureshot
Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021 9:50:40 AM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
Play with your feathered friend. Eclectus need to be entertained. Otherwise, it could start showing stress reactions even without other stressors.

Can "may" or "can" substitute for "could"?

Thanks.

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In the given sentence, the modal "could" can be replaced with "may/can". The sentence will be grammatically correct. However, there will be a subtle change in the intended sense.
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