We were asked a question in an exam, from Grammarway 4. The question was:

She ... get a job as a teacher. She loves children.

I prefered to use "can" because I thought that was possibility but teacher told us that "might" was the right answer.

  • Is this in a formal context? Your instructor appears to be following a non-existent (but widely believed) rule. – Elliott Frisch May 17 '16 at 10:07
  • He got the questions from "Grammar way 4" – Mert Başaran May 17 '16 at 10:23
  • Revision 4 units 1-12: She ____ get a job as a teacher. She loves children Not the period/full stop usage) – Mari-Lou A May 17 '16 at 11:33
  • I meant to say *Note the period/full stop. – Mari-Lou A May 17 '16 at 13:03
  • Did you understand where the problem lied? Did Williams's answer help? Then everything is well in the world again :) – Mari-Lou A May 18 '16 at 19:02

The choice of word here relates to the second part of the sentence: if it was "can", you would be saying

"Because she loves children, she is able to get a job as a teacher."

This isn't true: the requirement for getting a job as a teacher is having the relevant qualifications, not loving children.

If it's "might", you would be saying

"Because she loves children, she may choose to get a job as a teacher."

This makes more sense - presumably she has a choice of jobs (and is qualified to be a teacher), and she may choose the teacher job because she would enjoy it, because of her love of children

  • The question was multiple-choice and he now says that both "can" and "both" will be accepted as right answers. – Mert Başaran May 17 '16 at 10:31
  • @MertBaşaran (1) Should you comment read "both 'can' and 'might'" - not "and 'both'"? (2) Did the original question really have only a comma between the words "teacher" & "she" - because that would be very poor English! - or have you missed something out? – TrevorD May 17 '16 at 10:35
  • I think the comma's ok, isn't it? Informal, perhaps, but perfectly acceptable, especially if it's spoken. – Max Williams May 17 '16 at 10:39
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    @MertBaşaran i think "can" is acceptable (it's not ungrammatical), but "might" is a better choice. Your teacher relaxing the question doesn't change that. – Max Williams May 17 '16 at 10:40
  • @TrevorD see the original question which I cited in the comments. – Mari-Lou A May 17 '16 at 13:03

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