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    Write a sentence about the situation using modal verbs!

    My friend didn't hear me when I called her back. She forgot her purse.

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    Default Re: Modals of deduction

    Quote Originally Posted by wanna_be View Post
    Write a sentence about the situation using modal verbs!

    My friend didn't hear me when I called her back. She forgot her purse.
    Why don't you have a go first, and we can check it?

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    Default Re: Modals of deduction

    I'm sorry but I don't even know how to get started with this example. I don't actually understand what's the speaker is trying to say with these two sentences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanna_be View Post
    I'm sorry but I don't even know how to get started with this example. I don't actually understand what's the speaker is trying to say with these two sentences.
    "My friend didn't hear me when I called her back. She forgot her purse."
    ("She has forgotten her purse"
    would have been better)This means:
    Your friend left her purse behind, with you. (She forgot her purse).
    You called here back. (to get her purse).
    But she didn't hear you.

    If you want to add some modal verbs, you could say:
    My friend could not hear me, when I called her back. "Could" is a modal. "did" isn't.
    "My friend couldn't have heard me" or "My friend must not have heard me"

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    Oh, I get it now.
    Thank you very much for the explanation.

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