Use of “Can” x “Could”

In the phrases below:

After all the harm you’ve done to me how can I say I still love you?

After all the harm you’ve done to me how could I say I still love you?

…are the use of both “can” and “could” correct?

In Portuguese, although with some slight differences in meaning, both can be used, but I’m not sure the same applies in English.

Answer

They’re both grammatically correct.

Without context or tone of voice, it’s impossible to say what they mean. They both share (at least) two possible meanings:

A “How is it possible for me to say I still love you?”
and
B “It’s impossible for me to say I still love you.”

The first is more likely to be used by someone intending meaning A, and the second is more likely to be used by someone meaning B.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Itamar , Answer Author : gotube

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