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Is CAN I START correct ? Is it okay to use it instead of Shall I Start ? For eg I want to start my presentation in front of class So can I say CAN I START Like I'm asking for permission to start my presentation. Asking Teacher for permission

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You can use either. “shall” implies that you are seeking consent and permission whereas “can I” implies ability to start (ie. have we fixed the technical problems and are we able to start now?)

I’d say both are correct in this context

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