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    Default a principal pattern of the use of Modals Verbs

    Dear teachers,

    Here are 27 sentences which constitute an original principal pattern of the use of Modals Verbs in English language.

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my wording or you will append or reject something?

    1.You can leave town at once.
    2.But for this I could leave town at once.
    3.You might at least leave town at once.
    4.You should leave town at once I think.
    5.Shall I leave town at once?
    6.You’ll have to leavetown at once.
    7.You can’t leave town at once.
    8.Can he have left town at once?
    9.He can’t have left town at once.
    10.May I leave town at once?
    11.You are to leave town at once and wait for us at the camp.
    12.You are not to leave town at once.
    13.You should have left town at once.
    14.You needn’t have left town at once.
    15.You needn’t leave town at once.
    16.He must have left town at once.
    17.You will leave town at once.
    18.Will you leave town at once?
    19.Could you leave town at once?
    20.I must leave town at once.
    21.He will have left town at once.
    22.Why should he leave town at once?
    23.He would leave town at once as soon as it turned warm.
    24.He may leave town at once.
    25.He may have left town at once.
    26.You may not leave town at once.
    27.He had to leave town at once.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Default Re: a principal pattern of the use of Modals Verbs

    1.You can leave town at once.
    3.You might at least leave town at once.
    5.Shall I leave town at once?
    7.You canít leave town at once.
    8.Can he have left town at once?
    9.He canít have left town at once.


    Vil - there is a fatal flaw in this exercise: 'wording' is one thing, but when would a native speaker say/ask some of these? And would we use ''at once', or 'straightaway'?

    Just from the few above, can you give me a scenario where someone would say,"8.Can he have left town at once?" or No.9?

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    Default Re: a principal pattern of the use of Modals Verbs

    Hi DavidL,

    Here are a few ords concerning the expression in question “at once”:
    at once = directly, forthwith, immediately, instantly, now, promptly, right away, straightway, without delay, at the same time, simultaneously, together.
    at once = immediately, without delay; with no time intervening
    As for the wrong rejected positions of my long piece of writing I think that you have to take again a first-look at the phrasing of prohibition, request, asking for permission to do smth, asking for permission not to do smth.,permission to do smth., permission not to do smth., advice, order, criticism of a past action, asking for advice, strong doubt, doubt, near certainty, necessity in the present, past, future, and reproach.

    1.You can leave town at once. You may (can) do it. Permission to do smth.
    3.You might at least leave town at once.
    5.Shall I leave town at once?
    Shall I do it? Asking for instruction
    7.You can’t leave town at once.
    You can’t do it. Prohibition.
    8.Can he have left town at once?
    Can it be so? Strong doubt.
    9.He can’t have left town at once.
    Can it have been so? Strong doubt.

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    Default Re: a principal pattern of the use of Modals Verbs

    Let me put it this way, then. Is 'at once' the phrase of choice (if a speaker wishes to appear to speak naturally) in these scenarios?

    You might at least leave town at once.
    7.You canít leave town at once.
    8.Can he have left town at once?
    9.He canít have left town at once.

    You are concentrating on the modal when the issue for these sentences, if they are to sound natural, is (i) the use of 'at once'. (ii) even though the sentence can be given meaning e.g. "You can leave town at once." -the occasion when someone might actually utter that, really stretches my imagination.

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