Main Practise: Modal Verbs for Possibility (2)
Revision: Present Perfect - probably
The speaker is certain (present):
can't + bare infinitive (something is not possible)
- He hasn't got the job.
- You can't be tired: you slept ten hours last night.
- You can't know that: he hasn't phoned you yet.
- I just feel it.
must + bare infinitive (something seems true)
- This is a lovely vase. It must be very valuable.
- You must love your job: you always look so happy when you talk about it.
Something is possible:
may / might / could + bare infinitive (something will possibly happen)
- He may come to the party but he might be too tired after working all day.
- I might take a train; the bus journey is cheaper but it takes a lot longer.
- It could rain later; look at those clouds.
Vocabulary I admit - I accept something, i.e.
- I admit that I didn't play as well as I usually do.
- She admits taking Lynne's jacket but says she believed it was hers; the two jackets are very similar.
- The Prime Minister admitted lying to the parliament.
I'm afraid - here it means to politely express regret, being sorry something is not case, i.e.
- I'm afraid we have to cancel the picnic because of the weather.
- If your daughter continues to behave so badly I'm afraid we shall have to ask her to leave
- I'm afraid I can't help you this afternoon: I've got to *pick up my son at the airport.
*Phrasal Verb: to collect someone (usually) in a car, (other meanings too).
I suppose - I think, ('suppose' can suggest a reluctance to do someting) i.e.
incredible - amazing, wonderful, i.e.
- I suppose we should start cleaning the house. I don't really want to but we have to.
- I suppose you want to rest after your long journey.
- The movie was incredible.
- She's an incredible writer; you must read her novels.
probably - likely, i.e.
- The government will probably win the vote, but it's not certain.
- It'll probably rain later.