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MODALS OF DEDUCTION
Transcript of MODALS OF DEDUCTION
We use modal verbs in a situation where we need deduction and say how sure we are about something.
The following modals can be used to make guesses about a present situation.
We use 'might', 'may' and 'could' when we are not sure about something or when you make a guess but You are not certain you are correct. ONLY A 50%
• I don't like the sound of the engine. It
a mechanical problem.
• ‘Where’s John?’
‘He’s not here.
be in the bathroom, or he
be in the kitchen.
infinitive WITHOUT 'to'
Use this when you make a guess and you are almost certain that your guess is correct
May or Might NOT
Use this when you make a guess about what is not true. You are not certain you are correct.
‘He’s not here. He
may not be
at work today.’
Use this when you make a guess about what is not true, and you are almost certain that your guess is correct.
• It can’t be a mechanical problem. I've just taken the car to a mechanic.
• They can't be very happy about working during the night.
1. Many students do not take the opportunity to use these structures when they can.
Maybe your bag is in the classroom. => Your bag might be in the classroom.
• They must be very rich. Look at the house
Use and Form: