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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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Hello adtyagrwl3,

Thank you for pointing this out. We'll correct this as soon as possible.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

 

I honestly confused. I have tried out all possible answers to the questions above, but I failed all. where Can I get clues? I do not know what else to write as the answers to task 2.

Hello Chocolar,

You can see the correct answers by clicking on Finish instead of Check Answers.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I have a question. About Q.7 in Task 3 why is the answer 'could be looking'? I thought it was 'could look'.

Hello Haruyo,

The simple version of this sentence is 'We are looking for a tea drinker!' When 'could' is used to express the idea of possibility, the verb auxiliary verb 'are' is changed into 'be' since modal verbs are followed by the bare infinitive.

'We are looking for' or 'We could be looking for' are accurate (and 'We look for' or 'We could look for' are not) because Ashley is speaking about the search for the murderer that she and Stephen are currently carrying out. In other words, she uses the present continuous to express the idea of an action in progress.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot!!!!

Hi there.I have problems with task 2.question 6-I have written(She might have been coming down with flu.What have I done wrong.Could you help me.

Hi ljudamed,

The continuous form ('might have been coming down with') is not correct here because you are not speaking about this woman becoming ill, you are speaking about the possible reason she stayed home. In other words, you're not speaking a process, but a result, so the simple form ('might have come down with') is the correct form, not the continuous.

Does that make sense?

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Excuse me, I have a question:

Why the prediction for the third person (He) it use 'have' not 'has'?
"He might have shot the victim"

Best Regards,
Hasan

Hello Adroi,

'have' is not a conjugated verb here - that is why 'has' is incorrect after a modal. This form is explained on our modals + have page.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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