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modal verb
  1. 1
    used for talking about what was going to happen in the past
    1. a.
      used for showing what someone expected, intended, promised, etc. when they were thinking or talking about the future

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    2. b.
      used for talking about something that was going to happen after a particular point in the past

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  2. 2
    used for talking about the possible results of a situation that is unlikely to happen or that did not happen

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  3. 3
    used for saying or asking what someone thinks about a possible situation

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  4. 4
    used for saying what someone used to do in the past

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  5. 6
    used for politely asking someone to do something or to let you do something

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  6. 7
    spoken used when making a polite offer or invitation

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  7. 8
    to be willing
    1. a.
      used when you think someone is willing to do something

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    2. b.
      used for saying that someone refused to do something on a particular occasion

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    3. c.
      used for saying that someone was always willing to do something at a time in the past

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  8. 9
    used for politely saying what someone wants to do or wishes they could do

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