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Modals Part 2 – guessing

Using modals to ‘guess’ In Modals Part 1, we looked at the ‘dictionary’ meaning or function of a modal – the ‘obvious’ or ‘literal’ meaning. In this lesson, we will look at the more complex use of modals – to express CERTAINTY (how...

Modals Part 1 – the basics

The ‘dictionary’ meaning of modals The ‘dictionary’ meaning or function of a modal is the ‘obvious’ or ‘literal’ one. We learn this meaning first, as it is quite simple: I can go – ability (= be able to), possibility  You can/may go – ...