We use modal verbs to say how sure we are about something.
We use must when we feel sure that something is true because there’s very strong evidence.
- He must live near here because he comes to work on foot. (We don’t know where he lives but we’re sure it’s not far away.)
2 might, may, could
We use might, may or could to say that we think something is possible but we’re not sure.
- Did you hear that? I think there might be a burglar downstairs. (She’s not sure there’s a burglar but she thinks it’s possible.)
We use can’t when we feel sure something is not true.
- It can’t be a burglar. All the doors and windows are locked. (He doesn’t know it’s not a burglar but he feels sure it’s not.)
The modals mustn’t and can aren’t used for this purpose.
Let’s practise! What do you assume from the following images?
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Thanks for sharing this information, Vicente! 🙂
The online dictionary Wordrefence focuses every day on a word for a basic level and for an intermediate level. This is very useful, as it gives the explanation of the word, its pronunciation, examples, a video and interesting facts about the usage and origin of the word.
Today’s Word of the Day is Snoop, for example, which links with a similar word ‘Sneak’. If you didn’t know about this tool that Wordreference offers, click below and check how interesting it is.
The limelight means the centre or focus of attention. If you are in the limelight, you receive the attention and interest from the public. In Spanish we say “Ser el centro de atención, estar de actualidad”.
You will probably agree with me that these children who burst in on their dad, Professor Robert Kelly, while being interviewed by the BBC are a clear example of this expression, taking into account that the video went viral.
These charming kids steal the limelight once more, as they will feature a cartoon trying to help their father out with his important UN jobs. You can read the news here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39724383
For my A2 students, here you are a video showing the pronunciation of 50 common irregular verbs.
You can also click on the link below to access some interactive exercises:
Do you want to know what’s being played on the radio in Britain right now? There is a website called Radio Garden from which you can hear what is being broadcast on the radio in Britain and everywhere else in the world.
The website takes the form of an interactive globe that can be rotated to pick up transmissions from every corner of the planet, clips from radio history and stories from listeners in different locations.
A very good opportunity to listen to different languages, accents and keep up with the latest news!