Modals and Possibility: May, Might, Could, Must
Ray and June are talking at work.
Ray: Hey, did you see the boss looked in a really bad mood as he came in today. I wonder what that’s all about?
June: Strange, he looked happy yesterday.
Ray: Well, it may just be he had a row with his wife this morning.
June: It might. But he may have had an accident on the way in.
Ray: Yeah or he could have found out about you Skyping instead of working. Haha.
June: I hope not. Now look, Rita is going into his office and she doesn’t look happy. It must be something to do with her.
Ray: Yeah you’re probably right. Hmm, I wonder what that is. Well, we better get back to work anyway before he sees us gossiping.
June: Yeah. See you later.
- That flashing light may mean there is an accident ahead. (Possible but not sure)
- He has blood all over him, so he must be the one who did it. (Probable or strong possibility)
- May/Might Slight possibility
- Must Strong possibility or probability.
- He might go next year ( not: may goes)
- She must be happy. (not: she must is happy)
- It may mean he is angry.
- It must be the way to the hospital.
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