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    Modals

    What modal is more suitable here?
    Please correct me.

    1 ) You................. ( to see ) your parents more often. They are very lonely. SHOULD

    2) My maid .................. ( to buy ) the fruit that is in season. ?

    3) I .................... ( to pick up ) my father on the way home; he doesnīt have his car. ?

    4) You ..................( to practice ) your English with that foreigner if you plan to travel next mont. ?


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    Re: Modals

    Quote Originally Posted by Mauricio67 View Post
    What modal is more suitable here?
    Please correct me.

    1 ) You................. ( to see ) your parents more often. They are very lonely. SHOULD 'd better/must / may(might) as well / are seeing / have to / ought to /should

    2) My maid .................. ( to buy ) the fruit that is in season. ?would/will/shall(old-fashioned)

    3) I .................... ( to pick up ) my father on the way home; he doesnīt have his car. ?may/shall/will/have to/must/can but

    4) You ..................( to practice ) your English with that foreigner if you plan to travel next month. ?have to/must/'d better/should/ought to/can but

    In fact,we choose modal verbs according to the context. A lonely sentence makes no sense.
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    Re: Modals

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    In fact,we choose modal verbs according to the context. A lonely sentence makes no sense.
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    Some good suggestions, but remember that "are seeing" is not modal in form or meaning.

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    Re: Modals

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    Some good suggestions, but remember that "are seeing" is not modal in form or meaning.
    Thank you, colloquium.
    No. It is present continuos.
    I learnt something from a Chinese grammarian, which is:"You are doing..." is sometimes used to give an order in a polite way.
    Is that true?
    Last edited by norwolf; 21-Nov-2008 at 05:11.

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    Re: Modals

    What modal is more suitable here?
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    . He says he ................. ( to finish ) the translation by Saturday , but heīs not sure because he ...................( to do ) other important things first.

    . Heīs already had five heart attacks . He ......................... ( not , to work ) so hard.

    . He said he........................ ( to tell ) about it. He really canīt remember.

    . I .......................( to follow ) the advice you gave me. I ................( to have ) fewer problems last semester.

    . Although I ........................ ( not, to give ) them any explanations. I usually do.

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    Re: Modals

    Quote Originally Posted by Mauricio67 View Post
    What modal is more suitable here?
    Please correct me.

    . He says he ................. ( to finish ) the translation by Saturday , but heīs not sure because he ...................( to do ) other important things first. will have finished
    has to do

    . Heīs already had five heart attacks . He ......................... ( not , to work ) so hard.can't work

    . He said he........................ ( to tell ) about it. He really canīt remember.
    had been told
    . I .......................( to follow ) the advice you gave me. I ................( to have ) fewer problems last semester. should have followed
    could have had

    . Although I ........................ ( not, to give ) them any explanations, I usually do. didn't gave
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    Re: Modals

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    Thank you, colloquium.
    No. It is present continuos.
    I learnt something from a Chinese grammarian, which is:"You are doing..." is sometimes used to give an order in a polite way.
    Is that true?
    Not a teacher,
    For me, NOT. Can someone answer this question?

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    Re: Modals

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Not a teacher,
    For me, NOT. Can someone answer this question?
    Personally, I think it true.
    I am staying here.------shows "my" determination.
    You are staying here. ------means "you must stay here.",in a more polite way.
    But, actaully, I'd like to learn something about that from native teachers,please.

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    Re: Modals

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
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    Most of these aren't modals either.
    Mauricio, I'm confused. You list your first language as English, you describe yourself as an English teacher, and you can't write a sentence with a modal verb in it. I don't mean to be rude, but is this typical of teaching in Brazil?

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