MODAL VERBS - “ Would you bring me the bill please?”...

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COULD Talk about general past abilities “In the old days, a skilled worker could produce two shirts a day” Possibilities or options “We could try changing the color of the packaging” Polite/formal request or offer Could we have the table by the window, please?” Could you speak a little more slowly, please?”
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If we want to say we managed to do something on one occasion, or after a lot of effort, we do not use COULD , we tend to use BE ABLE TO “After three hours, I was able to make the printer work properly”
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WOULD Make requests or give polite orders
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Unformatted text preview: “ Would you bring me the bill, please?” Describe the past habits “After work, he would/used to read the newspaper” In conditional sentences SHOULD AND OUGHT TO Give advice “At an interview, you should/ought to wear clothes you feel comfortable in” Talk about what we think is morally right or correct “We should help those less fortunate than ourselves” Criticize past action “You shouldn’t have let them come in without written permission” Make prediction/ predict events that happen normally or regularly...
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This note was uploaded on 10/06/2011 for the course HOA SEN UN 035 taught by Professor Mbathienvo during the Spring '11 term at Harvey Mudd College.

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