A: How about going skating this Friday?
B: I'm sorry, but I _______ make it that day.

a. couldn't
b. can't

I think 'b' is correct, but I'm not sure about 'a'. Sometimes 'could' is used to indicate the present or future possibility. Can[or Could] the rule be applied here?

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A: How about going skating this Friday?
B: I'm sorry, but I _______ make it that day.

Yes, "I can't make it" is correct. The speaker is stating a fact.

You can use "could" to express a possibility: "I could / might make it that day if I finish my work on time."

The negative "couldn't" does not work in this sentence to express future possibility, or impossibility.

Rachel

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