possibility

maybe | perhaps

A2 Point 13 in the category of MODALITY/adverbs: certainty and possibility (‘maybe’, ‘perhaps’), before a clause or ellipted clause. *Note that ‘maybe’ is also listed at A1. And ‘perhaps’ is A2 in the EVP regardless of position. An iWeb search for: . maybe|perhaps * * * 1 . MAYBE IT ‘S BECAUSE 2541 2 . …

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may (modal verb)

Point 34 and 48 in the category of MODALITY are defined as: ‘may’ to talk about weak possibility referring to the present and the future affirmative An iWeb search for: may_VM _VVI 1 MAY NEED 294017 2 MAY WANT 253501 3 MAY TAKE 159078 4 MAY INCLUDE 156112 Hannah’s friends, whose needs may include personal or professional problems, depend on her often for her knowledge, understanding and skills. PELIC writing class, …

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if CLAUSE + will CLAUSE (FUTURE CONDITIONAL)

Point 29 in MODALITY is defined as: ‘will’ in the main clause after an ‘if-‘ clause to talk about possible future situations. ADVANCED EXAMPLES: If both choose to spare the other, the fox will eat just one of each of their limbs. If one chooses to spare while the other sacrifices, the sparer will be fully eaten while the traitor will run away with all his limbs intact. Finally, if both choose to sacrifice, the fox will eat 3 limbs from each. iWeb doesn’t allow us to search easily …

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If + PRESENT SIMPLE + MODAL

B1 Point 74 in CLAUSES/conditional is defined as: PRESENT SIMPLE ‘IF’ CLAUSE + MODAL, FUTURE, POSSIBLE OUTCOME: introduce a possible future condition, with modal verbs in the main clause, to talk about a possible result. *This point should mention which modal verbs. Because the use of ‘can’ is A2. The use of ‘will’ is also …

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if you should

Point 114 in CLAUSES/conditional is defined as: subordinate conditional clauses with ‘if you should’, in polite, formal contexts and point 193 in MODALITY is defined as: ‘should’ after ‘if’ to talk about possible situations in the future. A search in iWeb for: . If you should _VVI *note start of sentence: 1 . IF YOU …

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WILL be able to

Point 36 in MODALITY and expressions with ‘BE’ is defined as: ‘will’ + ‘be able to’ + infinitive to talk about possibility and ability. Also, see overlapping point 99. The example sentences in the EGP also contain negatives, contractions and question forms for this feature. Here are a variety of clusters on iWeb: 1 YOU …

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adjective that clause

In the English Grammar Profile (EGP), there are many points that are hard to differentiate. EGP Point 2 in FOCUS at B1 is simply defined as: ‘IT’ + ‘BE’ ADJECTIVE + ‘THAT’ CLAUSE for focus. *That B1 point is elaborated on its own page here. There are three similar points in Modality and adjectives at B2. …

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could possibility

Point 103 in modality is defined as: ‘could’ to talk about possibility. This requires manual interpretation and is therefore hard to differentiate it from uses which range from c2-a2.  However, one particular formal point in both examples given on the EGP is ‘really.’ But believe me, it could be really fun… Could this really happen? …

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