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    Uses of Modal Auxiliaries

    Hi everyone.
    Between Head master and Old Student :


    Student : May I come in Sir?

    H.M : Yes, Can I know why you are late?

    Student : I could not catch the 9.20 bus, Sir.

    H.M : Hereafter you must come late. (I think here It would be mustn't or shouldn't.)

    Student : No, I won’t Sir.

    H.M : You won’t get up early.(I think here it would be should)
    Are these modal auxiliaries used correctly?
    Ref:Modal Auxiliaries : Letters : Parts of English : Alphabets

    Thank you....

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    Re: Uses of Modal Auxiliaries

    You are right and the example is wrong. Some of the dialogues on that page make almost no sense. I hope you are not paying to use that site. The teacher's last line can also be "You must" instead of "you should" but "early" should be "earlier."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Uses of Modal Auxiliaries

    Quote Originally Posted by sumon. View Post
    Hi everyone.


    Are these modal auxiliaries used correctly?
    Ref:Modal Auxiliaries : Letters : Parts of English : Alphabets

    Thank you....
    Between Head master and Old Student :


    Student : May I come in Sir? OK.

    H.M : Yes, Can I know why you are late? "Can you tell me.....?" or "Tell me...." or "Why are you late?" would be better.

    Student : I could not catch the 9.20 bus, Sir. OK

    H.M : Hereafter you must come late. (I think here It would be mustn't or shouldn't. Yes)

    Student : No, I won’t Sir. OK.

    H.M : You won’t get up early.(I think here it would be should Yes)

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    Re: Uses of Modal Auxiliaries

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Some of the dialogues on that page make almost no sense.
    I agree. It's possible that some of the dialogues may be acceptable in Indian English - I just don't know - but do not use that page if you are interested in standard British or American English.

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