Modality in Persuasion - Montgomery County Public Schools

Modality in Persuasion - Montgomery County Public Schools

Modality in Persuasion Skill Focus: Identifying and using modality Modal verbs give the reader information about the degree of obligation or certainty involved in

the action. Low modality shows less certainty. Examples of Low Modality I might leave early today.

You could try to do it again. She may want to check the results. Commerical

Medium Modality I guess I will share the cookies. I should share the paper. High modality shows a high degree of certainty.

Examples of High Modality I must leave early today. You will do it again. She has to check the results. Commerical

Levels of Modality High modality

must ought to shall has to Medium modality

will should can need to Low modality

may might could would Modality can also be expressed through nouns, adjectives and adverbs

. Modal nouns: possibility, probability, certainty, obligation, necessity, requirement Modal adjectives: possible, probable, obligatory, necessary, required, determined, likely, certain

Modal adverbs: possibly, probably, maybe, perhaps, sometimes, always, never, certainly, definitely

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