Modals of Probability
Ray: Hey, did you see the boss looked in a really bad mood as he came in today. I wonder what that’s all about?
June: Strange, he looked happy yesterday.
Ray: Well, it may just be he had a row with his wife this morning.
June: It might. But he may have had an accident on the way in.
Ray: Yeah or he could have found out about you Skyping instead of working. Haha.
June: I hope not. Now look, Rita is going into his office and she doesn’t look happy. It must be something to do with her.
Ray: Yeah you’re probably right. Hmm, I wonder what that is. Well, we better get back to work anyway before he sees us gossiping.
June: Yeah. See you later.
Modals of Probablity - Grammar Notes
- Our favorite waitress is not here today. She may be on vacation.
- He never studies, so he might fail.
- It could rain tomorrow.
- The economy must improve soon.
- He might change jobs next year.
- The party might be cancelled.
- Sue is not here. She may be sick.
- The meeting might move from Friday to Monday.
- Business is bad. We could lose our jobs.
- It is rush hour. We could get stuck in traffic.
- It is raining, and you do not have a jacket. You could get sick.
- If things do not improve, it could get ugly!
- It is late. You must be tired.
- Chicken for dinner again. You must be sick of eating that.
- Bob is late. The traffic must be bad.
- There are no students in class. The busses must be late.