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Modals

Practice with modals and modal expressions

apartment hunting
 

 

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Before this year, I ____ (not) move out of my parents' house because I did not have a job. But now that I have finished college and have a job, I realize that living at home ____ drive my parents and me crazy. Unfortunately, it's not so easy to find to find an apartment in the city. Without an agent, you ___ not be able to find all the available listings. Because of my agent's help, I found a wonderful condominium this morning and signed the lease. Before now, I couldn't sign a lease, but now I ___ because I am twenty-one.

I asked my friends to help me move because I knew that I ___ fit all my possessions into my little car. My best friend said, " I ___ help you move next week." He added, "I ___ help earlier in the morning than later in the afternoon." My father also offered to help me move. He ___ be really be eager to have me move out!

Another friend told me that he ___ (help) me move, but he never showed up. What a flake! With the help of three friends, I ___ get all my possessions into the new condo.

My parents are happy for me, but warned, "You ___ spend all your money each month. Save a little extra money for unexpected emergencies." I know that everyone ___ save a little extra money, but it is hard with so many bills to pay. I made a few purchases. The first thing that I ___ (have) was furniture. I ___ (sleep) on the wood floor, but it was too hard, so I bought a sofa-bed.

It ___ (take) about a year until I am able to completely furnish my apartment. By this time next year, I ___ (learn) a lot about living independently.

agent (n.) – a professional (in Real Estate, property)

available (adj.) – ready; able to be used, easily be bought or found

condominium (n.) – an independent living space or unit in a larger building or complex

eager (adj.) – be excited about something that will happen

flake (expression) – an unreliable person

furnish (v.) – put furniture and other things into a room or house

lease (n.) – a legal agreement to pay rent; We have a twelve-month lease.

listings (pl. n.) – information about an available places to live, usually in a newspaper or an online database; We found a list of available apartments.

purchases (pl. n.) – buys

show up (verbal expression) – appear as expected or agreed

 

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Before this year, I __________ move out of my parents' house because I did not have a job.
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not
not
not
2.
But now that I have finished college and have a job, I realize that living at home _____ drive my parents and me crazy. (potentially)
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Unfortunately, it's not so easy to find to find an apartment in the city. Without an agent, you _____ not be able to find all the available listings. (possibility)
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Before now, I couldn't sign a lease, but now I _____  because I am twenty-one
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I asked my friends to help me move because I knew that I _____ fit all my possessions into my little car(inability)
be able to
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My best friend said, " I _____ help you move next week."  (an offer) 
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He added, " I _____ help earlier in the morning than later in the afternoon." (preference)
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My father also offered to help me move. He __________ be really eager to have me move out! (conclusion)
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Another friend told me that he ______ me move, but he never showed up. 
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With the help of three friends, I ___ get all my possessions into the new condo. ("managed to")
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My parents are happy for me, but warned, "You _____ spend all your money each month. Save a little extra money for unexpected emergencies."  
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I know that everyone _______ save a little extra money, but it is hard with so many bills to pay.   (customary, expected behavior)
13.
I made a few purchases.  The first thing that I _____ was furniture.  (requirement) 
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I _____ on the wood floor, but it was too hard, so I bought a sofa-bed.  (option not taken)
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It _____ about a year until I am able to completely furnish my apartment.  (prediction)
take
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By this time next year, I _____ a lot about living independently. (time-relative prediction)
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