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How to use the modal verbs? #1 (permalink) Thu Feb 12, 2004 11:36 am   How to use the modal verbs?
 

Test No. incompl/elem-16 "Learn it by heart", question 3

I think learning ......... be interesting because otherwise you wouldn't ever be able to succeed.

(a) can
(b) should
(c) must to

Test No. incompl/elem-16 "Learn it by heart", answer 3

I think learning should be interesting because otherwise you wouldn't ever be able to succeed.

Correct answer: (b) should

Hello dear Alan and Torsten! Why in this test do you choose "should to" To my mind all 3 answer are appropriate.

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Test No. incompl/elem-16 "Learn it by heart", question 9

As of now we still don't know if we will be ......... to fulfil our contract.

(a) reliable
(b) able
(c) capable

Test No. incompl/elem-16 "Learn it by heart", answer 9

As of now we still don't know if we will be able to fulfil our contract.

Correct answer: (b) able

Why in answer 9 I cannot use word "capable"?
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Should, capable of vs. able to #2 (permalink) Thu Feb 12, 2004 12:29 pm   Should, capable of vs. able to
 

Dear Pioneer,

Let's have a look at the question you are referring to:

I think learning ..... be interesting because otherwise you wouldn't ever be able to succeed.

(a) can
(b) should
(c) must to

You certainly agree, that only answer (b) - 'should' is correct here.

Now, on to the second sentence you mentioned:

As of now we still don't know if we will be ..... fulfil our contract.

(a) reliable
(b) able
(c) capable

Here, only answer (b) - 'able to fulfil our contract' is correct as 'capable' is followed by a gerund, so the sentence would have to read '.... if we will be capable of fulfilling our contract.'

Let me know if this makes sense to you. Thanks.

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Should, capable of vs. able to #3 (permalink) Thu Feb 12, 2004 12:57 pm   Should, capable of vs. able to
 

Hello dear Torsten again, it really very helped me.
Thank you
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Please explain how to use the modal verbs! #4 (permalink) Sun Jan 25, 2009 19:13 pm   Please explain how to use the modal verbs!
 

Hello Mr Torsten ,i'm so happy to study your course thank you alot.
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Please explain how to use the modal verbs! #5 (permalink) Sat Apr 25, 2009 20:03 pm   Please explain how to use the modal verbs!
 

please tell me why can't it be : can be interesting?
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How to use the modal verbs? #6 (permalink) Tue Jul 07, 2009 19:39 pm   How to use the modal verbs?
 

I think learning ......... be interesting because otherwise you wouldn't ever be able to succeed.
I think the answer is "can". would you pleases tell me why is it wrong?
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How to use the modal verbs? #7 (permalink) Fri Jul 10, 2009 20:52 pm   How to use the modal verbs?
 

"I think learning ..... be interesting because otherwise you wouldn't ever be able to succeed.

(a) can
(b) should
(c) must to"

why should and not can?
please tell me
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How to use the modal verbs? #8 (permalink) Mon Aug 10, 2009 21:58 pm   How to use the modal verbs?
 

because can is at present tense and "should" is at past tense. after a verb at present / past tense continuous (I think learning)you allways need a verb at past tense.
See examples:
*I am studying to become a doctor.
* I was watching TV when she called.
* When the phone rang, she was writing a letter.
* While we were having the picnic, it started to rain.
* What were you doing when the earthquake started?
* I was listening to my iPod, so I didn't hear the fire alarm.
* You were not listening to me when I told you to turn the oven off.
* While John was sleeping last night, someone stole his car.
* Sammy was waiting for us when we got off the plane.
* While I was writing the email, the computer suddenly went off.
* A: What were you doing when you broke your leg?
B: I was snowboarding.
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How to use the modal verbs? #9 (permalink) Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:46 am   How to use the modal verbs?
 

Synapsamow, what does it mean: ,should is at past tense' according to you? I don't understand it. for the past we use,,should have been'', ,,should'' isn't a past form.
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How to use the modal verbs? #10 (permalink) Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:37 am   How to use the modal verbs?
 

Thanks for the explanation
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How to use the modal verbs? #11 (permalink) Wed Sep 02, 2009 21:53 pm   How to use the modal verbs?
 

Hi torsten,
why should is the correct answer ?
thanks,
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How to use the modal verbs? #12 (permalink) Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:17 am   How to use the modal verbs?
 

Hi Afnan,

'Should' has the sense of that is what must be correct or best.

I think learning should be interesting because otherwise you wouldn't ever be able to succeed.

In the test sentence there is a conditional element. In other words if it wasn't interesting, you wouldn't learn. Therefore 'should' has the meaning that it is a good idea for the learning to be interesting.

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hi to all #13 (permalink) Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:46 am   hi to all
 

i am very much clear.....nice explaination....
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How to use the modal verbs? #14 (permalink) Mon Jan 04, 2010 14:44 pm   How to use the modal verbs?
 

Hi Torsten,

I have a question about the following sentence:

I think learning ......... be interesting because otherwise you wouldn't ever be able to succeed.
(a) can (b) should (c) must to

Why I cannot choose (a), can?

If it is because can is present tense and should is past tense, but " I think" is also present tense, right? Why do we need to use past tense should?

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How to use the modal verbs? #15 (permalink) Mon Jan 04, 2010 14:52 pm   How to use the modal verbs?
 

Hi Gwendolyn, have you read Alan's explanation? Which part of it did you not understand? "Should" in this sentence describes a certain condition. Do you know what a condition is? Also, 'should' is modal verb. It's not past tense.

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