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    Use of Modal Verbs

    Explain the different use of the modal verbs will, should, can and must in the
    following pairs of sentences.

    a) It will be dry, with sunny spells.
    b) Iíll get them for you.

    c) He should be back by lunch time.
    d) You should see a dentist.

    e) He can speak three languages.
    f) You can borrow it if you like.

    g) You must come to dinner next time youíre in town.
    h) That must be the postman now.

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    Re: Use of Modal Verbs

    Welcome to the forum.

    As you claim to be an English teacher, you should be able to at least make your own attempt first.

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    Re: Use of Modal Verbs

    Use of Modal Verbs my own attempt
    Explain the different use of the modal verbs will, should, can and must in the following pairs of sentences.

    a) It will be dry, with sunny spells. will future action, prediction
    b) I’ll get them for you. will volunteering,promising

    c) He should be back by lunch time. should obligation
    d) You should see a dentist. should recommendation, advisability

    e) He can speak three languages. can general ability
    f) You can borrow it if you like. can opportunity

    g) You must come to dinner next time you’re in town. must strong recommendation
    h) That must be the postman now. must certainty
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Apr-2016 at 07:59. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quotes.

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    Re: Use of Modal Verbs

    You suggestions for b, d and e are OK. I'd say:

    a. future state, prediction/degree of certainty
    c. obligation or deduction
    f. permission
    g. invitation expressed as obligation
    h. logical certainty

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    Re: Use of Modal Verbs

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