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Might vs. will #1 (permalink) Thu Dec 30, 2004 2:59 am   Might vs. will
 

Test No. incompl/inter-73 "Modal Medley", question 7

I should take an umbrella with you today, it ......... rain later.

(a) must
(b) might
(c) will

Test No. incompl/inter-73 "Modal Medley", answer 7

I should take an umbrella with you today, it might rain later.

Correct answer: (b) might

Your answer was: incorrect
I should take an umbrella with you today, it will rain later.
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Hi Alan,

Why the answer is might instead of will, please explain

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Might/will #2 (permalink) Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:28 am   Might/will
 

There is uncertainty in the word should and so it follows that there is no certainty that it will rain. That's why the speaker uses might.

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Might/will #3 (permalink) Mon Dec 19, 2005 17:26 pm   Might/will
 

Alan wrote:
There is uncertainty in the word should and so it follows that there is no certainty that it will rain. That's why the speaker uses might.

Alan

Hi Alan,
Is "I" correct in the beginning of the sentence? You have referred to "you" in the second part. Would you please explain.
Thank you
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Might/will #4 (permalink) Mon Dec 19, 2005 17:28 pm   Might/will
 

Guest wrote:
Alan wrote:
There is uncertainty in the word should and so it follows that there is no certainty that it will rain. That's why the speaker uses might.

Alan

Hi Alan,
Is "I" correct in the beginning of the sentence? You have referred to "you" in the second part. Would you please explain.
Thank you

Hi,

This is advice from the speaker (I) to the other person (you)

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Might/will #5 (permalink) Wed Dec 21, 2005 9:28 am   Might/will
 

Alan wrote:
Guest wrote:
Alan wrote:
There is uncertainty in the word should and so it follows that there is no certainty that it will rain. That's why the speaker uses might.

Alan

Hi Alan,
Is "I" correct in the beginning of the sentence? You have referred to "you" in the second part. Would you please explain.
Thank you

Hi,

This is advice from the speaker (I) to the other person (you)

Alan

Hi Alan,
Would you please tell me what is the meaning of "take" in this sentence?
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Take #6 (permalink) Wed Dec 21, 2005 12:23 pm   Take
 

Hi,

Think about it and let me know the answer.

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Take #7 (permalink) Thu Dec 22, 2005 6:52 am   Take
 

Alan wrote:
Hi,

Think about it and let me know the answer.

Alan

:oops: :oops:
Sorry for disturbing you again but I didn't get your point.
Would you please tell me what is the meaning of "I should take an umbrella with you today"?
Thank you very much
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Take an umbrella #8 (permalink) Thu Dec 22, 2005 9:35 am   Take an umbrella
 

Hi,

This means: My advice to you is that you should carry (take) your umbrella with you because possibly it will rain.

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Might/will #9 (permalink) Tue Jan 10, 2006 14:23 pm   Might/will
 

Quote:
I should take an umbrella with you today, it might rain later.

Alan wrote:
There is uncertainty in the word should and so it follows that there is no certainty that it will rain. That's why the speaker uses might.

Alan

If you knew it was going to rain and didn't want to use the imperative, wouldn't you say: I should/would take an umbrella with you today, it is going to rain later Or: If I were you, I should/would take an umbrella, it is going to rain later?

But you might just as well forget about my question, since one can't really know for sure what the weather will be like. :)
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Might vs. will #10 (permalink) Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:44 am   Might vs. will
 

1. Is "I" correct in the beginning of the sentence? You have referred to "you" in the second part. Would you please explain.

This is advice from the speaker (I) to the other person (you)

2. Would you please tell me what is the meaning of "I should take an umbrella with you today"?

This means: My advice to you is that you should carry (take) your umbrella with you because possibly it will rain.

This answer is repeated twice in the above discussion, but it's wrong. If I were giving advice to you, it would read "I think you should take an umbrella."

"I should take an umbrella with you today" is wrong. Period.
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3. There is uncertainty in the word should and so it follows that there is no certainty that it will rain. That's why the speaker uses might.

No, this is wrong. There's uncertainty in the word should when it's used to express probability. Advice, not probability, is what is being expressed here. As such, both "might" and "will" are correct.

Sorry, I just happened upon this forum and thread during a google search and felt the need to add the correction.
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