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    Could/Might

    Hello.

    I was completing an online test and according to its results it is wrong to use ''could'' but in Swan's book I read that ''could'' ''may'' and ''might'' express possibility. Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Could/Might

    Between the two I would prefer "might", but "could" could work also and I would not consider it wrong.

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    Re: Could/Might

    "Might" is the correct answer. While "It could rain later" is not grammatically wrong, it's a non sequitur: it doesn't relate to the previous statement.
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    Re: Could/Might

    might is the best answer.

    Whether could is wrong depends what you mean by 'wrong'. Using could is not ungrammatical, but I assume that the test instruction did not ask that you 'select all grammatical answers', so I think it's fair to say that could is wrong. The task instruction should have said something like 'select the best answer', or 'select the most appropriate answer'.

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    Re: Could/Might

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    might is the best answer.

    Whether could is wrong depends what you mean by 'wrong'. Using could is not ungrammatical, but I assume that the test instruction did not ask that you 'select all grammatical answers', so I think it's fair to say that could is wrong. The task instruction should have said something like 'select the best answer', or 'select the most appropriate answer'.
    Why is it the best answer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    "Might" is the correct answer. While "It could rain later" is not grammatically wrong, it's a non sequitur: it doesn't relate to the previous statement.
    Please don't think that I argue with you or with any of the native speakers here. I said many times that I find the forum very helpful. I just don't undertsand one thing. In grammar books I read the rules but when I ask about them or complete tests I find out the actual use of the modal verbs is not based on the rules I read. For example, according to Swan ''May, might and could are used to talk about the present or future. I may go to London (perhaps a 50% chance. Joe might come with me. (Perhaps a 30 % chance).''

    The screenshot it from Longman English Grammar. Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Could/Might

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    I may go to London (perhaps a 50% chance. Joe might come with me. (Perhaps a 30 % chance).'
    Swan did not mention those percentage figures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Swan did not mention those percentage figures.
    No, it is from Swan.

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    Re: Could/Might

    The percentage figures are not from Swan - at least not from the part you showed us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The percentage figures are not from Swan - at least not from the part you showed us.

    The screenshot in post 6 is from Longman but this screen with percentage figures is from Swan.Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	3511 It says just like Longman that ''Could'' is possible.

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