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    modal verb

    In the following sentence , can I use the modal verb as suggested below? If not, why?

    Ted's flight from Amsterdam took more than 11 hours. He might( or may or could??) be exhausted after such a long flight. He might( or may or could?) prefer to stay in tonight and get some rest.

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    Re: modal verb

    Quote Originally Posted by bosun View Post
    In the following sentence , can I use the modal verb as suggested below? If not, why?

    Ted's flight from Amsterdam took more than 11 hours. He might( or may or could??) be exhausted after such a long flight.
    Depending on what exactly you want to say, you can/could use could, might, must, will here.
    He might( or may or could?) prefer to stay in tonight and get some rest.
    Depending on what exactly you want to say, you can/could use could, may, might, or will here.
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    Re: modal verb

    Ted's flight from Amsterdam took more than 11 hours. He should be exhausted after such a long flight.

    It's said "should" is wrong here. "He should be exhausted" can not be expected in this context?

    What's the difference between the two should's?
    He should be exhausted after such a long flight.
    Australia should win this match.


    Also,
    Isn't "should" used to talk about something that may possibly happen or be true? I feel this usage can be applied to this topic sentence.


    Thank you.

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    Re: modal verb

    It depends on the meaning- if he's not exhausted and this surprises you, then should would make sense.

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    Re: modal verb


    Thank you.

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