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Modal verbs...



a isabel
Portugal

Modal verbs...
 
Good morning dear colleagues!

Would you accept  "can" or "might" to replace the underlined expression?

People are allowed to use their mobile phones on the bus.

I expected pupils would only use MAY...
Thanks for your opinion!
Have a great weekend!

30 May 2010      



blunderbuster
Germany

"Can" yes, "might" would not render the sentence with the same meaning, in my opinion.

Regards

30 May 2010     



imanito
Morocco

"can" is the most appropriate one.Because this sentence expresses permission/ability. But if you use "might," it would mean probability; which is not correct in this context.

I hope I have helped.


30 May 2010     



aliciapc
Uruguay

I agree with blunderbuster

30 May 2010     



yanogator
United States

As I see it, "can" would express ability, not permission, and "might" would express possibility, so only "may" is correct. People often use "can" to express permission, so that is becoming more accepted.
 
Bruce

30 May 2010     



a isabel
Portugal

Thanks for your comments on my doubt. I wish you all had answered the same way as Bruce!
Hugs!

30 May 2010     



GIOVANNI
Canada

I would use can for permission.
 

30 May 2010     



a isabel
Portugal

Thanks for the link!  I īll have to accept as correct, then!
Have a nice weekend!

30 May 2010     



blunderbuster
Germany

"Thanks for your comments on my doubt. I wish you all had answered the same way as Bruce!
Hugs!"

Shocked

30 May 2010     



a isabel
Portugal

I didn īt want to offend anyone! I just regret the fact that I will have to accept "can". If everybody had said that "can" was wrong it would be more practical for me.
Have a nice week!

30 May 2010