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    is it possible that a modal will be followed by another modal?

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    Re: modal

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    is it possible that a modal will be followed by another modal?
    Hello, I am not a teacher,

    but for me it's not possible. Normally you have: modal + infinitive verb (without to).

    Ex : I can run.

    You can have : modal +auxiliary + -ing form.

    I hope it's help you, have a nice day.


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    Re: modal

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    is it possible that a modal will be followed by another modal?
    Do you mean:

    "You had better finish your chores."

    "I would rather go to the movies."

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    Re: modal

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    is it possible that a modal will be followed by another modal?
    It depends how strict you are about what counts as "modal". But if we restrict it to "can", "must" etc then the answer is no. As The French points out, they are followed by an infinitive; and modal verbs (on this stricter definition) don't have an infinitive in English.

    If you accept periphrases which give a modal meaning, like "have to", then it is possible: "We may have to file for bankruptcy".

    There are also (rather artificial) examples where modals seem to follow each other but do not belong together: "If you can, will you come?"

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    Re: modal

    Orangutan is correct: in general, the answer is no; however, it really depends on how strictly you define what a modal is.

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