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Modal Verbs - How do we use them in Persuasive writing?

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on 11 May 2014

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Transcript of Modal Verbs - How do we use them in Persuasive writing?

Definition:
Modal verbs express the writer’s attitude to
the topic
What is a modal verb?
Different levels of modality:
Modal Verbs - How do we use them in Persuasive writing?
Low modality
may
might
could
would

Medium modality
will
should
can
need to

High modality
must
ought to
shall
has to


Modal verbs are used to
express functions such as:

Permission
Ability
Obligation
Prohibition
Advice
possibility
probability

Let's put it into Practice
Examples:
Ted's flight from Amsterdam took more than 11 hours. He _________ be exhausted after such a long flight.

Susan ___________ hear the speaker because the crowd was cheering so loudly.

You ________ stop at a red light.

Is obesity a problem? Fourteen million Australians are overweight or obese. You ____________ disagree with these statistics.

You ___________ be kidding! That can't be true.

The lamp __________ be broken. Maybe the light bulb just burned out.
Have a go yourself
Visit edmodo and click on the link

http://www.learnenglish-online.com/grammar/modals/tests/modaltest2.html
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