Re: 'must' for probability
I cannot disagree with anything you say - and your excellent command of English makes it possible for you to understand that that does not necessarily mean that I agree with everything you say. .
Originally Posted by birdeen's call
I understand exactly (please accept that I did not mean to sound smug/arrogant there). After more than forty years of work, I feel that I have a fair understanding of how tense and aspect are used in English, but I still, like Palmer and many others, find modals 'messy' (Modality and the English Modals (Palmer, 1979, p.39)).
(It's not exactly the expression I wanted, but I can't describe it, and that's the closest I've been able to find.)
I agree. That is one of the things that makes abstract discussion of the words so difficult.
I believe intonation and facial expression matter here.
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