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    modal verbs

    Hi. Can anyone pls tell me the possibility of something to happen with the following modal verbs in an decreasing order?

    might, may, could, should, would

    I think the order is as follows
    would, should, could, may, and might

    Is it correct?

    looking forward to hearing from native speakers from all around the world.

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    Re: modal verbs

    I'm not sure I fully understand the question, Dean. Sorry. Could you elaborate?


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    Re: modal verbs

    Sorry for the vagueness. I was trying to ask, say, 'He would come to the party tonight' and ' He might come to the party tonight', the former sentence shows that the person is more likely to come than the latter, right? So now i have a bunch of modal verbs, as follows.
    might, may, could, would, should
    I wonder if you could tell me the the 'strength' of them in decreasing order (is it appropriate to say decreasing order?)
    many thanks

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    Re: modal verbs

    He would come to the party tonight- to me this doesn't indicate a possibility. If I hated him and didn't want to see him and he appeared, I could say it to show annoyance at his cheek in coming. In terms of probability, I'd go might/could may/should

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