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    modal verbs

    Dear teachers

    The following sentences are correct (according to the key in an advanced grammar book).

    A Which bus do you think you MIGHT have left your bag on?

    B ´It´s odd we haven´t received the cheque. Showerings said they´d sent it.
    ´Yes, I suppose it MIGHT/COULD/MAY got lost in the post but I doubt it.´

    Please, why are the options could and may not possible in A?
    Thanks a lot. KP

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    Re: modal verbs

    I think you can use them in A, with a slight difference in meaning. Using 'could' there raises the issue of possibility, and asks the "loser" to think of possibilities, in terms of which were at all conceivable. Might and may in A ask him or her to consider likelihoods, to use finesse thinking to assess the most likely.

    B. is incorrect: the answer is missing words: "Yes, I suppose it might have got/gotten lost in the post...

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    Re: modal verbs

    Konungursvia

    Thank you very much for your help...
    The B is incorrect due to my stupidity....when copying I left the HAVE out
    That´s why I asked- both situations seem pretty similar to me, but just A allowes (according to the key) the 3 mentioned options...
    Please, do you think that you could reword the explanation for usage of may and could in A into less academic way...I am trying to understand, but I haven´t suceeded yet
    I really appreciate your help. Thank you KP

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    Re: modal verbs

    Sometimes understanding is merely accepting....

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    Re: modal verbs

    Ok, I will try to accept it
    Thanks KP

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