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    Modal Verbs

    Some schools of thought treat 'could' as a remote form of 'can' and not as as its past form. The remote form is explained in the following examples: I couldn't do it. (remoteness of time) It could happen. (remoteness of possibility) Could you do me a favor? (remoteness of relationship) How...
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    Modal verbs

    I would like know the use of three modal verbs i.e. ought to, have to and must. Are they interchangable? For example: I must obay the advice of my parents. Can I write: I ought to/have to obay the advice of my parents.
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    Modal verbs

    I am some times in a fix when to use could in stead can. For example: I can buy a car next year. I could buy a car next year. Which one is appropriate and why? Is there a good site where I can study the application of modal verbs in greater detail?
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    Terminology used in teaching spoken English.

    I was reading an article on the difference between written and spoken English. I have come across the following sentence - "Intonation contours, stress patterns, junctures (transition and boundary features) and tone of voice are absent in Written English." I am unable to understand the meaning...