Choosing from the modal range
When you are choosing from the range of modal possibilities, you are choosing to make statements along the spectrum from absolute positive to absolute negative. In between these absolutes, there is a range of possible terms you can use for expressing degrees of certainty and doubt, usuality, obligation and necessity.
You may find it useful to think about modality in terms of high, medium and low. This may help you choose effectively from the range of modal possibilities.
The following table provides a rough guide to high, medium and low modality choices.
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