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Fill in the blanks with suitable modals:

(a) ......... I come in, Madam?


(b) You .......... be back by evening.

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If you use modals, please say why that modal there.

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    (a) May. Use the model "may" to ask for permission.

    (b) You have actually several choices: (1) must. This indicates an absolute duty to be back by evening. (2) should. This indicates a suggestion to be back by the appointed time. (3). will. This indicates a certainty. (4) Could. This indicates a possibility. (5) may. This also indicates a possibility.

    (a) May - asking about permission
    (b) Should - if it's an order/ Could - if it's a possibility or supposition

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