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Published by: Montse Corujo Quinteiro on Apr 11, 2011
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Modal Verb

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Ability / Possibility Inability / Impossibility Asking for permission Requests Asking for permission. Requests Suggestions Future possibility Ability in the past Asking for permission (polite) Future possibility Future possibility Necessity Obligation Prohibition Saying what¶s right or correct Future probability (quite certain) Offers Suggestions Asking what to do Saying what¶s right or correct Recommending action Predictions Instant decisions Promises Asking for permission Making a request Invitation Stating or asking preferences Making arrangements

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They can control their own budgets. I¶m sorry. We can¶t fix it. Can I smoke here? Can you help me? Could I borrow your dictionary? Could you say it again more slowly? We could try to fix it ourselves. I think we could have another war. He gave up his old job so he could work for us. May I have another cup of coffee? China may become a major economic power. They might give us a 10% discount. We must say good-bye now. You must pay me back by next week. They mustn¶t disrupt the work more than necessary. We ought to employ a professional translator. The football match ought to start on time. Shall I help you with your luggage? Shall we say 2.30 then? Shall I do that or will you? We should sort out this problem at once. I think we should check everything again. Profits will increase next year. I can¶t see any taxis so I¶ll walk. I¶ll get back to you first thing on Monday. Would you mind if I brought a colleague with me? Would you pass the salt please? Would you mind waiting a moment? "Would you prefer tea or coffee?" - "I¶d like tea please." "Would three o¶clock suit you?´

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