Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sept 25

Homework: lets go over it!

Section 1 vocabulary:
pet peeve: something that consistently annoys youmessy: not neatbe in short of money: to need money for somethingimpress: to try to get others to feel admiration for something you do

Grammar: Past modals for degrees of certainty
certainty? what does that word mean?

Modals of possibility
may: used when we are not sure of something, to make polite requests, to ask questions
may is more formal than might

Examples (from the British Council):
Jack may be coming to see us tomorrow. Oh dear! It’s half past ten. We may be late for the meeting. There may not be very many people there. May I borrow the car tomorrow? May we come a bit later?

might: used when we are not sure of something, for the past tense of may, and very polite requests.
could have 

Examples (from the British Council):
I might see you tomorrow.
It looks nice, but it might be very expensive.
It’s quite bright.
It might not rain today.
He asked if he might borrow the car.
They wanted to know if they might come later.
Might I ask you a question?
Might we just interrupt for a moment?
More information with links to exercises for practicing using may and might.

Modals of certainty
    must: more certain than couldn't have, used to express a positive thought rather than negative, used to express events in the present and the future
    I must go to the bank tomorrow to deposit my paycheck! 
    My children must get their rooms clean because their grandparents are coming for a visit.
    I must get this work done now.
    couldn't have: often used to reduce suspicion, used to express a negative thought, and to discuss something in the past. 

    He couldn't have broken that glass, he was in the other room.
    She couldn't have stolen the necklace, she was in Aqaba when it was taken!
    He couldn't have caused the car accident, he is an excellent driver.

    Workbook, page 73, write one sentence for each picture.

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