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    I have this question:

    You ..... right, I suppose.
    a. could be b. was able to be c. can be d. was not able to be

    What is the best choice for the blank?
    I guess a.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    i have this question:

    you ..... Right, i suppose.
    a. Could be b. Was able to be c. Can be d. Was not able to be

    what is the best choice for the blank?
    i guess a.

    thanks a lot.
    2006

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    Hi 2006, thanks for your help. I wonder if you could explain for me why the answer is a) ?
    thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Hi 2006, thanks for your help. I wonder if you could explain for me why the answer is a) ?
    thanks again.
    b. and d. are wrong because you cannot say "you was" there.

    c., 'You can be right, I suppose.', can be correct in the right context, but it is much less likely to be said than a. is.
    Therefore a. is the best answer.

    'You could be right, I suppose.' means that I think it is possible that you are right.

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    i have a question if "was" in b and d became "were" would b or d be correct ? thanks a lot

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    Default Re: I suppose

    You ___________ right, I suppose.

    a. could be <modality: probability>
    b. was able to be <tense>
    c. can be and <modality> (See below)
    d. was not able to be <tense>

    Ex: You can be right sometimes, I suppose.
    Ex: You can be right if you want to be, I suppose.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    You ___________ right, I suppose.

    a. could be <modality: probability>
    b. was able to be <tense>
    c. can be and <modality> (See below)
    d. was not able to be <tense>

    Ex: You can be right sometimes, I suppose.
    Ex: You can be right if you want to be, I suppose.
    It not easy to come up with a context in which 'You can be right, I suppose.' would be acceptable, but I submit the following.

    A...Whenever I have certain kinds of disagreements with my father, my mother tells me that it's impossible for me to be right because I don't have the life experiences my father has. She tells me "Don't argue with your father about that kind of thing, because you can never be right."

    B...I can understand her thinking, but she sounds a bit extreme. You can be right, I suppose. It depends on exactly what you two are disagreeing about.
    Last edited by 2006; 05-Apr-2009 at 05:20.

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    Default Re: I suppose

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady G View Post
    i have a question if "was" in b and d became "were" would b or d be correct ? thanks a lot
    no

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