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    Modal Perfect

    I'd like to know about Modal Perfect. Is it a tense? Please give me the structures of it.
    And in what cases we use it?

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    Exclamation Re: Modal Perfect

    Modal verbs can be used in a variety of different forms. In a perfect tense it is called modal perfect where it functions as both a present perfect and simple perfect tense. Here the modal verb is used to express possibility or probability. But since the modal perfect is used to talk about the past, can we use words such as yesterday, last week, a month ago and the like?
    Modal Perfect
    Ex: 1) You could have played tennis after the match yesterday.
    2) You shouldn't have gone with her to the movies last week.
    Another example: He went to London a year ago - He may have gone / will have gone / must have gone / has to have gone to London a year ago.
    This matter has been discussed in this forum earlier where it was opined that calling modal perfect a tense is disputable.
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    Hi, teachers!
    Pls tell me the tense in this sentence "Where could i have dropped these things?"
    Also, can you explain this sentence to me. Thanks
    Mag

    The person lost or dropped something and he/she is trying to figure out the possible places where that may have happened.

    The tense is going to be arguable. Some call it the modal perfect. Others would call it the modal past. I suspect that some even call it the modal past perfect. It almost doesn't matter.

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    Re: Modal Perfect

    Modal Simple
    I could swim at the beach.
    Modal Continuous
    I could be swimming at the beach right now.
    Modal Perfect
    I could have swum at the beach yesterday.
    Modal Perfect Continuous
    I could have been swimming at the beach instead of working in the office.
    Passive Modal Simple
    The room should be cleaned once a day.
    Passive Modal Continuous
    The room should be being cleaned now.
    Passive Modal Perfect
    The room should have been cleaned yesterday.
    Passive Modal Perfect Continuous
    The room should have been being cleaned but nobody was there. (Rare form)


    ENGLISH PAGE - Modal Forms

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    Re: Modal Perfect

    Thanks, Soup. Could you please tell me in what cases we can use Modal Perpect?

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    Re: Modal Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by lucalita009 View Post
    Thanks, Soup. Could you please tell me in what cases we can use Modal Perpect?
    When you want to add modality to the Perfect.

    Linguistic modality, the subject concerning so-called modal auxiliary verbs like can, must, and should, customarily used to modify the meaning of other verbs, to express possibility (and impossibility, necessity, contingency, etc.), permissibility (and obligation, proscription, etc.), probability (and improbability, etc.). Compare grammatical mood.

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    Re: Modal Perfect

    Thanks for your help, Soup.

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    Re: Modal Perfect

    You're most welcome.

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