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  • Chapter 9. Mood and Modal Verbs (Cont'd...)


    9.2 Modal verbs (cont'd..)

    May, might (cont'd...)

    As an auxiliary verb may, expresses

    1. wish: May the Infinite bless you.
    2. purpose: The student studies hard so that he may have good result.

    The past form of may is might. It expresses:

    1. just possibility: He might be standing at the bus-stop.
    2. speculation/ doubt about past action: The letter might have been received.
    3. in conditional cases: If he had gone there, he might have seen stolen articles.

    Can, could

    The uses of can are:

    1. to express ability: I can run faster than you.
      certainty: You can't take a complete bath as you are suffering from fever.
    2. to ask permission: Mother, can't I go to the cinema to enjoy `Kabuliwalah' of Rabindranath?
      Can't I take a complete bath?
    3. to denote occasional possibility:
      Sometimes, even fever can be quite dangerous.
      The rivers can be very rough in times of rainy season.

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