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Questions tagged [periphrastic-modals]

For questions about modals that are constructed by adding auxiliary words instead of using an inflected form. Some examples of periphrastic modals are "be going to", "have to", and "be able to".

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The present continuous vs. the 'going to' construction for future events

Is there any slight difference between the two sentences below? I’m taking the car to the mechanic’s shop tomorrow. I’m going to take the car to the mechanic’s shop tomorrow.
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I wasn't able to do it/I couldn't do it (solve a problem)

I was trying to solve a physics problem, but it was a bit too difficult. What sounds natural: I wasn't able to do this question. (Or "solve") [Or maybe: "I was unable to do this question"] I ...
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“You can be able to…”. vs. “You would/should be able to…”

On many online articles/posts, I've seen writer using the sentence "You can be able to...". Is it because the writer is non-English speaker or that use is grammatically correct? An example would be ...
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Can we use “need” in this way: “You seem to need danger and thrills in your life.”

I have been reading a British newspaper. On the newspaper, a counsellor advises a woman who have risked her life and tried dangerous things and is now upset. So, amongst many other things, councellor ...
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Using the present continuous or “going to” in “He is sure that he will be working for them next year”

This year he has flown over 60,000 miles for his job. He has been working for Crossinglives & Co. for almost two years now. He is sure that he (work) will be working for them next year as well. ...
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“Could not” or “was not able to”

If I'm trying to describe a situation in the past in which I wasn't able to find a specific pair of shoes, should I say: I couldn't find those ones. or I wasn't able to find those ...
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How to say “have to” in future from past perspective?

Imagine I have learned CPR and one of my close relatives say my Uncle has choked on something and needs CPR. Would i say this : I didn't know that i would have to put my CPR training to test (...
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What grammar construction is “have/has to be participle”?

Recently I have heard following sentence: "What other basic commands do you think she has to be told? I do understand what does this sentence mean, but I do not fully understand what construction ...
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What the negative past for the modal verb 'have to'?

What the negative past for the modal verb 'have to'? affirmative sentence (present simple) He has to do it negative sentence (present simple) He doesn't have to do it positive sentence (past ...
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May Not Vs May Not Be Able To?

For example: His method may not solve the problem vs His method may not be able to solve the problem Do both sentences have the same meaning?
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“going to come down” vs “going to have to come down”

What is the difference between the following sentences? This fence is going to come down. This fence is going to have to come down. I have doubt that when you are saying fence is going to ...
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Future and Have to

Here's an example from the Murphy's grammar textbook: "I have to get up early tomorrow. I have a lot to do." So my question is: shouldn't it be "I WILL HAVE to get up early tomorrow." because of "...
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“must” vs “have to”

I'm trying to understand the difference between the following two sentences: We must stay at home. We have to stay at home. Is the meaning of these two sentences completely equivalent? In ...