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    Lightbulb A: I bet that 's it. We can probably throw this out. (Present ability)

    Hello all,
    I am studying modal verbs.
    Could you please help me with my analysis?


    A: Look at this cord. Do you know what it's for?

    B: I don't know.We have so many cord around here with all our electronic equipment.It could be for the printer I guess.(Present possibility)

    A: No, I checked. The printer isn't missing a cord.

    B: It might be for one of the kid's toys.( Present possibility)

    A: Yeah, I could ask. But they don't have many electronic toys. (Future possibility)

    B: I have an idea. It might be for the cell phone. You know - the one that I had before this one.( Present possibility)

    A: I bet that 's it. We can probably throw this out. (Present ability)
    B: Well, let's be sure before we do that.
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    Re: A: I bet that 's it. We can probably throw this out. (Present ability)

    I agree.

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    Re: A: I bet that 's it. We can probably throw this out. (Present ability)

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I agree.
    Thanks.
    Could you please explain the last one ?
    A: I bet that 's it. We can probably throw this out. (Present ability)
    B: Well, let's be sure before we do that.

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    Re: A: I bet that 's it. We can probably throw this out. (Present ability)

    We don't need it, so we are able to throw it out.

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    Re: A: I bet that 's it. We can probably throw this out. (Present ability)

    Quote Originally Posted by nininaz View Post
    Hello all,
    I am studying modal verbs.
    Could you please help me with my analysis?


    A: Look at this cord. Do you know what it's for?

    B: I don't know. [space.] We have so many cord around here with all our electronic equipment. [space] It could be for the printer, I guess.(Present possibility)

    A: No, I checked. The printer isn't missing a cord.

    B: It might be for one of the kid's toys. [space] ([no space]Present possibility)

    A: Yeah, I could ask. But they don't have many electronic toys. (Future possibility)

    B: I have an idea. It might be for the cell phone. You know - the one that I had before this one. [space] ([no space]Present possibility)

    A: I'll bet that 's it. We can probably throw this out. (Present ability)
    B: Well, let's be sure before we do that.
    Put spaces after periods. Don't put them after a (.

    "I bet" is common, but I'm not sure it's quite standard. "I'll bet" sounds better to me. If anyone else has an opinion, please share!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: A: I bet that 's it. We can probably throw this out. (Present ability)

    Write We have so many cords​.
    I am not a teacher.

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