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D-06.03 Use Modal-Verb + Infinitive Phrasing for Desires, Requests (for Permission), Possibility, Advice

D-06.03 Use Modal-Verb + Infinitive Phrasing for Desires, Requests (for Permission), Possibility, Advice

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Parts One to Three of Chapter 8 (“Shopping”) of WorkLife English Grammar 2: English in Everyday Life, pages 121-134


Who It’s For: (Self) Teachers & Helpers at High Beginning to Intermediate Learning Levels      

Why It’s Useful: Phrasing with modal verbs like can, could, will, would, should, may, might, must is used for many purposes in English: to tell wants; request, get help, or ask permission; express possibility; ask and give advice, and more.  Along with the grammar of Indefinite Pronouns and InfinitivModal Verbs of Possibility; Infinitives after Nouns & Pronounses, all of these “Language Competencies” are covered in the context of “Shopping”—mostly making choices in clothing selection. (Other topics are fabric care and saving money.) It’s all addressed while you teach/learn statement and question patterns with a variety of modal verbs + equivalent expressions.   

What You’ll Do: 

[1] Together or independently, notice and practice the sentence patterns of the page 121 Part One: Can / Can’t Strip Story “I’d like some new shirts.” While commenting on its content and vocabulary, on pages 122-126 use the Grammar-Pattern Boxes to identify the features of Modal Statements & Questions. Generate new sentences by inserting words into slots; match answers to questions; create questions for answers; have conversations for pictures and real situations.
[2]  In Part Two: Modal Verbs of Possibility; Infinitives after Nouns & Pronouns on pages 127-130, have the dialog “He might like a sweater.” Understand the patterns and do the exercises with “realia” (ads, labels). Continue using the targeted grammar with real clothing ads and on real shopping trips.
[3]  In Part Three: Modal Verbs of Advice; Infinitives of Purpose on pages 131-134, decide if the Strip Story title, “to save money, you should look for bargains,” is valid.   Get the pedagogy, do the exercises, and use the grammar to exchange real money-saving tips. 
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