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    General: I may won't be able to know you at the airport

    Hi,
    Suppose that I am chatting to a girl in Paltalk messenger. She is in different country. I decide to go to her country and see her.

    "Jennifer, please send me your picture before I leave my country because I may won't be able to know you at the airport"

    1. I may won't be able to know you at the airport.
    2. I may won't be able to recognize you at the airport.
    3. I may couldn't recognize your face at the airport.
    4. I may couldn't know your appearance at the airport.
    5. I may couldn't know you at the airport.
    6. I may couldn't recognize you at the airport.
    7. ............
    (I don't know how is natural to you native English speakers)
    How would you say the bold written part?

    Thank you.

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    Re: General: I may won't be able to know you at the airport

    7. I may not recognise you at the airport.

    8. ...so that I can recognise you at the airport.

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    Re: General: I may won't be able to know you at the airport

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    8. ...so that I can recognise you at the airport.
    Thank you.
    If I use number 8 then I must omit "because" right?

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    Re: General: I may won't be able to know you at the airport

    I may won't .....
    I may can't ......
    I may couldn't .....

    Are these ungrammatical?

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    Re: General: I may won't be able to know you at the airport

    Yes, they are. A modal verb doesn't allow using another modal in the same verb phrase.

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    #7

    Re: General: I may won't be able to know you at the airport

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    I may won't .....
    I may can't ......
    I may couldn't .....

    Are these ungrammatical?
    Yes, all of your original sentences are wrong.
    Instead of "1. I may won't be able to ..." you need "I may not be able to ..."
    I don't know what you mean by "may couldn't". "I may not have been able to ...?"

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