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A brand new car for your son's birthday? #1 (permalink) Wed Apr 13, 2011 19:42 pm   A brand new car for your son's birthday?
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #251 "Modal Verbs (3)", question 7

Our son, Ted, ......... use a new car because his old car is always breaking down on him. So, we're going to buy him a brand-new car for his birthday.

(a) will have
(b) could
(c) could have
(d) wouldn't have

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #251 "Modal Verbs (3)", answer 7

Our son, Ted, could use a new car because his old car is always breaking down on him. So, we're going to buy him a brand-new car for his birthday.

Correct answer: (b) could

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Our son, Ted, will have use a new car because his old car is always breaking down on him. So, we're going to buy him a brand-new car for his birthday.
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A brand new car for your son's birthday? #2 (permalink) Wed Apr 13, 2011 19:46 pm   A brand new car for your son's birthday?
 

It's just a made up family, Zbyněk. :)
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A brand new car for your son's birthday? #3 (permalink) Fri Jul 29, 2011 15:41 pm   A brand new car for your son's birthday?
 

Hello,

If we've just made up sth we'll have to use "could" in the made up sentence?

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A brand new car for your son's birthday? #4 (permalink) Fri Jul 29, 2011 15:54 pm   A brand new car for your son's birthday?
 

No Kati, that's not the rule. I'm simply explaining to Zbyněk that he appears to be taking the sentence too seriously.
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A brand new car for your son's birthday? #5 (permalink) Fri Jul 29, 2011 16:36 pm   A brand new car for your son's birthday?
 

Thanks Bez!
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A brand new car for your son's birthday? #6 (permalink) Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:00 am   A brand new car for your son's birthday?
 

Hi,

please explain why will have and could have is not used?

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A brand new car for your son's birthday? #7 (permalink) Wed Sep 12, 2012 16:50 pm   A brand new car for your son's birthday?
 

Apart from anything else, the following word would need to be 'used' instead of 'use'.
'could have use'/'have use' is not a correct form at all.
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A brand new car for your son's birthday? #8 (permalink) Wed Sep 12, 2012 19:34 pm   A brand new car for your son's birthday?
 

Nandhini seems to be a little girl. So, let me explain it a little further.

Of the four choices given, only 'could' will suit here. We cannot say
(a) will have use
(c) could have use
(d) wouldn't have use

In (a), (c) and (d) above the verb will have to be 'used' and not 'use', as Bev has clarified.
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A brand new car for your son's birthday? #9 (permalink) Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:49 am   A brand new car for your son's birthday?
 

Lawrence sir i understood clearly,Once again thanks to Lawrence and Beeesneees Mam.....
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A brand new car for your son's birthday? #10 (permalink) Thu Sep 13, 2012 13:51 pm   A brand new car for your son's birthday?
 

Hello Nandini,

Lawrence and Beeeseees explained very well why a/c/d are good only with 'used'.
Why? Because they are perfect forms and in every perfect form you see a 'have' 'has' or' had 'If you see them you put the 3. form!!!

What is 3. Form? Every verb has 3 forms. 'Use ' is a verb and his forms are 1.use 2.used 3 used. So when you see have /has /had in the verb after you have to put the third form.

So:
I will have used
You could have used
She wouldn't has used

See other verbs.
1.eat 2.ate 3.eaten
I have eaten
1.drink 2.drank 3. drunk
You could have drunk
1.begin 2. began 3. begun
She should has begun
1. know 2.knew 3. known
You had known
Etc.
I wanted you to be on guard if you see have has or had in a verb.

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