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Copy of Touchstone 3 Unit 11
Transcript of Copy of Touchstone 3 Unit 11
Professor Joe Carrier
Using modal verbs for speculation.
When we make guesses about people, things, and events we use the modal verbs must, may, might, can't, and could.
With simple verbs:
She must work very hard.
She might be a genius.
With continuous verbs:
She must be dieting.
They must be studying every day.
She might not be a student.
They must not have any money.
Must = 99%
Can't = 99%
Could = 50%
May = 50%
Might = 25%
All of the words indicate different levels of certainty:
Adjectives ending in "-ed" and "-ing"
Some adjectives in English are formed from verbs by adding the endings "-ed" or "-ing."
Adjectives that end in "-ed" are often used to describe feelings:
I am bored.
She looks bored.
Adjectives ending in "-ing" are often used to describe things or people:
This class is boring.
He is boring.
Practice Exercise #2
Watch the TV show and describe the people that you see using the modal verbs and adjectives from this unit.
Some of the other common adjectives with this form are: