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    different answers to modal questions

    Hi,

    I was taught at school that we must answer a question in the same way in modal forms. However, I think they taught us so that we could memorize the forms only.

    I would like to ask if the answers given below are OK or not.

    A: Can I go now?
    B: Yes, you can / yes, you may / yes, you must
    B: No, you cannot / no, you may not / no, you musn't

    A: May I come in?
    B: Yes, you can / yes, you may / yes, you must
    B: No, you cannot / no, you may not / no, you musn't

    A: Could I use you phone?
    B: Yes, you can / yes, you may / yes, you must
    B: No, you cannot / no, you may not / no, you musn't

    I think all the answers above will be correct in the suitable context.

    Thank you.

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    Re: different answers to modal questions

    "May" and "can" are fairly interchangeable in most contexts. Sometimes, "might" works. "Must" does not work in any of your examples, in my opinion. It suggests a completely different meaning.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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