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Murder Mystery Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen look at how ‘must’, ‘could’ and ‘perhaps’ can be used to speak about certainty and possibility.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello quoc hung,

Since Ashlie and Stephen are already investigating the crime when she says this, the continuous form is the best form here.

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The LearnEnglish Team

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I cannot find the video. Where is it?

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Hi Team.
Help me with these, please?
- Maybe someone shot her.
- The murderer might be close.
Is it nature if we put 'might' at the beginning of the sentence?
("Might be someone shot her").
- Just as I suspected,
- Just as I was about to say,
Do we always use 'just as' with the past form combination?
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you very much.

Hello Nizam,

Yes, you can say 'Might be someone shot her', which is an informal and reduced way of saying 'It might be that someone shot her'.

As far as I know, there are no restrictions on the verb tenses that 'just as' can be used with. It is certainly very common, as you have already noticed, with the simple past in situations just as the one your example is from. But you could also use it when talking, for example, about a plan for a surprise birthday party, 'We'll all sing 'Happy Birthday' just as she turns on the lights after getting home'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you

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