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Autor:  Aman
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Data:  31/MAR/2009 10:31 PM
Assunto:  Modal verb>can/may
 
Mensagem:  Take a look at this:

"After a nasty break up you may need a psychologist" or
"After a nasty break up you can need a psychologist"

My intuition says may is the option but I don´t know why. How would you tell the difference between them (in affirmative sentences)? In portuguese "it doesn´t matter" because in general they mean "pode", but in english we have degrees of certainty which is hard for students to get it.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
 Modal verb>can/may  –  Aman  31/MAR/2009, 10:31 PM
Modal verb>can/may  –  José Roberto  31/MAR/2009, 11:21 PM
Modal auxiliary  –  Brian W  31/MAR/2009, 11:37 PM
Modal auxiliary  –  Dale/CR  31/MAR/2009, 11:47 PM
Modal auxiliary  –  Aman  02/ABR/2009, 10:33 AM

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