Which of the following is grammatical when giving someone something they want?

  • I hope this could help you.
  • I hope it can help you.
  • Hoped this may help you.
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    "Jill, here's a lockpick. It might be handy if you, the master of unlocking, take it with you." – RiMMER Apr 28 '12 at 9:46

"I hope this could help you" sounds wrong. As could is past tense, and you're taking about present/future tense.

"I hope this can help you" is okay, but not very strong as you are only hoping the thing has the capability to help.

"I hope this may help you" is also okay, and is a bit stronger, as you are hoping that the thing has a likelihood, or a probability of helping.

I would also consider, "I hope this will help you", as this is the strongest, and hopes that the thing will most definitely, certainly help.

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    Why not simply I hope this helps you ? – Armen Ծիրունյան Apr 28 '12 at 9:37
  • Because it is decaf. – Kris Apr 28 '12 at 9:54

Could can also be used as an alternative to can suggesting less force or certainty or as a polite form in the present

"I hope this could help..." note sure if it helps.

according to merriam dictionary :-)

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