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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.

Watch the video. Then go to the Tasks and do the activities.

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Intermediate: B1

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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").
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- 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,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you

Thank you very much

At first, I want to thank you for this site
At second, I want to mention that it wasn't easy to write the correct answers, but the button"show answers" really helps :)

Hi, in task 2 number 6, whats the meaning of Karen's wasn't at work today? I mean the letter S in Karen.

Hello Ivanhzo,

That was a mistake, which I've now fixed. Thanks very much for pointing this out to us!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,
I have a question on task2. All the first actions are in past simple form then why I am using "might have been" instead of "might had been" in the second action ?

Thanks

Hello tondralok,

It's great that you've noticed this! In general, modal verbs + have + past participle refer to the past – these are not present perfect forms. Modal verbs + *had + been is a form that is not used at any time in English.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sir,
I just wanted to point out a typing error. In the sentence 5 of Task 3, the spelling of 'This' is wrong.
Thanks for this article, by the way!

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