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Modal verbs (ii)

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Modal verbs (ii)

  1. 1. MODAL VERBS (II) Must, may, might, can’t (deduction)
  2. 2. MUST - CERTAINTY <ul><li>Use must when you are sure about something. </li></ul><ul><li>She must have a lot of money. She drives a Porsche. </li></ul><ul><li>You have been studying all day. You must be exhausted. </li></ul><ul><li>The phone is ringing. It must be my father. He told me he needed to talk to me. </li></ul>
  3. 3. MAY, MIGHT - POSSIBILITY <ul><li>Use may and might when something is possibly true but you are not sure. </li></ul><ul><li>She’s not at home. She may be out shopping (but I don’t know for sure). </li></ul><ul><li>Have you seen “The King’s Speech”? I think you may like it, it’s a good film. </li></ul><ul><li>We may go climbing in the Alps next year, but we are not sure yet. </li></ul><ul><li>We might not be home before midnight. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>May and might are similar in meaning. The difference is that might refers to a situation which is even less probable. </li></ul><ul><li>I may go to London tomorrow (perhaps a 50% chance). </li></ul><ul><li>Joe might come with me (perhaps a 30% chance). </li></ul>
  5. 5. CAN’T - IMPOSSIBILITY <ul><li>Use can’t when you know something is impossible. </li></ul><ul><li>He can’t be in hospital, I saw him this morning! </li></ul><ul><li>5 euros for a cup of coffee? That can’t be true! </li></ul><ul><li>It can’t rain today. Look, the sun is shinning. </li></ul>

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