A text with many modal verbs, please!

I urgently need a text which contains all the modal verbs and even the semy-modal verbs. Please, help me quicly!

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Hi, you can use these tests for starters:

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Thank for trying to help me, but those tests are for beginners…I need a poem, a song or a paragraph from a short story or a novel…or somethong like this…A larger text containing many modals. Can somebody help me?..

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What do you need the text for?

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I need it for a homework…I have to extract all the modal verbs from it and to analyse them…to say their meaning. I am a student. Can you help me? It’s difficult to find a large text containing all the modal verbs…

If it can be any text it might be an idea for you to select a newspaper article or a story you are interested in. What are your favourite topics? What do you read in your free time?

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Thank you for the sugestion. But can you give me an example of such an article with many modals? The article you gave me as an example has only modal auxiliary verb-I quickly checked it…

Try this one:

Five consumer laws you really ought to know

To mark National Consumer Week, here are five laws the canny shopper should be using in their battle to get stuff that actually works.

There is a war being fought between customers and many of the firms they have to deal with. It is an asymmetric conflict - the little man versus the faceless, bad customer service monoliths.

On the little man’s side there are only newspaper consumer pages and a rather handy selection of laws.


The Headline: You might not need that five-year extended warranty after all.

The Scenario: Your iconic white MP3 player, the totemic centre of your life, breaks down precisely 366 days after you bought it. The large electronics firm that sold you the MP3 player says that because the one-year guarantee had elapsed, there’s nothing they can do to help you. You’ll just have to buy another one.

Tears drip disconsolately on to its lifeless grey screen as you ponder what to do.

But there’s some good news. The operative who spoke to you didn’t know what they were talking about

The Truth: The Sale of Goods Act says that your MP3 player must be fit for purpose.

“It must be as described. It must be of satisfactory quality, sufficiently durable, free from any defects,” says Dr Christian Twigg-Flesner, a consumer law expert at the University of Hull.

If you’ve ignored the manufacturer’s warnings and have been leaving the player out in direct sunshine and wearing it in the bath, then you probably haven’t got much of a case.

But if the player has been lovingly treated and has still conked out that suggests something may have been wrong with it at the very beginning.

It works like this. For the first four-five weeks you have a “right of rejection” - if the item you’ve bought breaks down, you can demand a refund.

For the next six months, you are entitled to replacement or repair of the goods. It is up to the retailer to prove there was nothing wrong with it if they wish to get out of having to do the work. And then after six months, there is still a duty to replace or repair faulty goods, but the onus is on you, the consumer, to prove that there was something wrong.

And the key time span is six years. That’s how long goods may be covered by the Sale of Goods Act. It all depends on what “sufficiently durable” means. If a light bulb goes after 13 months, the consumer is not going to be overly gutted. If their washing machine goes after the same time span they are going to be livid.

The government’s guidelines say: “Goods are of satisfactory quality if they reach the standard that a reasonable person would regard as satisfactory, taking into account the price and any description.”

And be aware that if you go to the washing machine repairer, spend money attempting to diagnose an inherent fault, and find out you have been using it the wrong way, then you are going to be out of pocket.

A key fact is that your relationship in the Sale of Goods Act is with the retailer, not the manufacturer.

“The retailer likes shepherding you off to the manufacturer,” says Dr Twigg-Flesner.

And there are still reasons why you might want an extended warranty - they often include loan machines and ongoing technical support that you would otherwise miss out on. But they are not always good value, says Dr Twigg-Flesner.

“I’ve never bought one.”

Where it applies: The law applies across the UK, but has numerous small differences as applied in Scotland.


The Headline: Your credit card provider is often liable.

The Scenario: You’ve picked your dream sofa. It’s an astoundingly cheap £500, you paid by credit card, and you’re very excited. The day of delivery arrives but no sofa materialises. You switch on the news and see Astonishinglycheapsofas’r’us has gone bust. It turns out £500 was too cheap for a quality sofa. They’ve been losing money hand over fist.

You ring the company and an exasperated worker is rather unhelpful. They tell you’re not going to get your sofa or your money back. It’s all gone to the liquidators to pay the many creditors.

You quietly burst into tears. No sofa and your £500 is gone.

The Truth: The good news is it has not. This is a great case for a refund from your credit card provider under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act.

Section 75 only works for credit cards. And it only works when you’re paying for things that cost between £100 and £30,000.

“The bank is… liable” says Espe Fuentes, a lawyer at Which?. “It’s as if they have sold you the sofa.”

The most obvious claim you have, and one that crops up when furniture firms go bust, is for non-delivery of goods. But if you buy an item and after 13 months it is broken, and the shop that sold you it has gone bust, you can pursue the credit card provider.

The Killer Fact: Even if you only paid for a small part of the price of the goods with your credit card, the provider is still liable. But bear in mind that the act only applies to single items worth more than £100, not five items of £20.

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It’s great! Thank you very much! I can’t belive you have boddered to help me…Do you also have an example of a text which contains marginal modal auxiliaries (dare, need, ought to)?

Oh, and please: can you tell me if the text above is an article or… what kind of dicourse is it?Is it a informative one? And if I choose a text from a novel, for exemple, what kind of discourse is it?Literary? Sorry for asking you so many questions, but I don’t have anyone else to ask. Thank you!

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I would call this an information sheet or leaflet. If you choose from a novel, that would be called a literary extract.


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Thank you very, very much! If anyone else can help me, I will be very gratefull.

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Please note the correct spelling of the word ‘grateful’.