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modal verb
  1. 1
    used as the past tense of 'can'

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  2. 2
    spoken used in polite requests, or when offering or suggesting something

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  3. 5
    spoken used for emphasizing how angry, happy, bored etc you are

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the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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