Не могли/смогли бы вы?

Pitt

Senior Member
German
Hello,

I'd like to know if both sentences are possible:

1 Не могли бы вы позвонить ей по сотовому?
2 Не смогли бы вы позвонить ей по сотовому?


Thanks in advance!
 
  • Scavenger

    New Member
    Hello.
    The use of these sentences depends on the context.
    You should use the first sentence when you're asking someone a favour (in this case you're asking your friend to call a woman).

    The second sentence, though generally correct, would sound strange to me. This would sound better:
    - Смог бы ты ей позвонить по телефону?

    You should use this sentence when you're asking someone if he has the desire, time or courage to do it. Like this:
    - У меня не хватает смелости ей позвонить. Ты смог бы на моем месте позвонить ей?
    Hope it helps.
     

    Pitt

    Senior Member
    German
    Thanks! I'd like to know if this sentence is possible too:

    You can call her > Вы можете позвонить ей.
     
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