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  Mr and Mrs Wilson decided to move house. They wanted a larger house, near a village. The first step was to talk to an estate agent. Choose the modals which make sense and are suitable in each context:

' (Can, May) you help us? We (will, would) like a house with a large garden. It (needn't, mustn't) be in the village, but it (must, shall) be on a bus route. It (must, may, could) have separate sitting and dining rooms, and it (mustn't, should, has to) cost more than £100,000.'
'Let's see. We have three that (can,might) be suitable. (Would, Should) you like to go and see them now?'
 

 

They didn't like the first one they looked at:
'It's too far from the village. You (couldn't, wouldn't be able to) walk to the station in less than half an hour. You (must/would have to) drive there and pay for the car park every day.' The house isn't in very good condition. It (must, would have to) be redecorated. It (can't, must) have been neglected.'

 

 

 

The second, however, was much better:
The agent said it's a hundred years old, but it (can't, must) have been modernised recently. The people who lived here (must,can't) have been very keen on gardening, though - the garden is a mess!'
'Yes, we (wouldhave to,ought to) work hard to make the garden look nice, but on the other hand we (could, would be able to) move into the house without redecorating.'
 

 


They also liked the third one:
'I like it, but they (mustn't, shouldn't) have painted the walls pink. They (must, might) have liked pink very much!'
'It's a nice house, but I agree we (shall, would have to) change the colour of the walls. I (couldn't, can't) decide which house I like more. We (will have to, must) ask the children what they think.'

 

 

They went home to have a discussion with Julie and Stephen:
Julie: (Do we have to, must we) move? Why (should, can't) we stay here?
Stephen: I 'd (rather, better) move. We (could, can) have a bigger garden, and I (might, would be able to) play my guitar as loud as I liked without annoying the neighbours!
Mr Wilson: I think you (would,had) both better come with us to see the houses we liked. We (wouldn't , won't) decide anything before that.

In the end, they all agreed on the third house. Choose suitable modals, and complete the tag questions where necessary.
Stephen: We'd have much more space than we have here, we? There'd be no complaints from the neighbours when I play my electric guitar, ?
Julie: I like the pink walls. We (needn't, mustn't) change the colour, I don't think.
Mr Wilson: I'd soon get used to walking a bit further to the station, wouldn't I? In fact it (can, might) do me good, !
Mrs Wilson: Let's make them an offer today, George, we?
Mr Wilson: I agree. They're asking for £98,500 so we (may, will) offer them Ј95,000.

Later the estate agents get a reply from the sellers of the house:
'They (will, won't) accept £95,000 - they say it's too low. But I think they (would, might) accept a better offer. (Will, Shall) I tell them you (will, must ) offer £97,000?'
'OK, we (won't, will) offer £97,000 but we (won't, will) pay more.'

The Wilsons continue to talk about the house. Complete the remarks and add a tag question:
1. It's in a quiet road, so there be much traffic going past, ?
2. We've only got £80,000, so we better ask the bank for a loan, we ?
3. There's a very big garden, so we to play football in it, we ?
4. There's a large attic so it converted into another bedroom, it ?
5. The electrical system looks dangerous, so we to call an electrician, ?
6. They've been trying to sell the house for ages, so they ought to accept our offer, ?