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Hi, please check these questions for a quiz. The answer is a "hammer".

1. Where can I use it?
2. Can I hold it in my hand?
3. Do you thinnk a three year old carry it?
4. Does it have a handle?
5. Would I be able to find in a typical household (house?)?
6. Do you think how many would a typical household have it? -- Would the ellipted "if-clause" for the "would" here be "if I may ask?"?
7. What is it made of?
8. Is it made of either metal or plastic?
9. Do I need a high level of manual dexterity to use it skillfully?
10. Do you think what precautionary measures should the parents of a teenager boy or girl place on their boy or girl before they allow them (is this pronoun correct?) to use it?
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3. Do you think a three-year-old could carry it?
5. Would I be able to find it in a typical household?
6. How many do you think a typical household would have? -- Would the ellipted "if-clause" for the "would" here be "if I may ask?"?-- No. 'If typical households have any at all.'
10. What precautionary measures do you think the parents of a teenage children should place on them before they allow them to use it?
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Thank you. I think both modals 'can' and 'could' can denote both possibility and ability (although the modal 'can' is for the present and 'could' is for a momentary past)

A: Can I replace 'could' here with 'can'? And would it be incorrect?

3. Do you think a three-year-old could carry it?

Do you think a three-year-old can carry it?

B: Also, why is it I couldn't think of the correct ellipted "if-clause" eventhough I was looking at it for a long time?

6. How many do you think a typical household would have? -- Would the ellipted "if-clause" for the "would" here be "if I may ask?"?-- No. 'If typical households have any at all.'
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Hi, Does no. 3 denotes capability or possibility or both?

3. Do you think a three-year-old could carry it?

How about these?

I can carry it
I can arry it if you ask me.

How about these? Do these denote possibility? I think they are.

Where can I buy it?
Where could I buy it?
Thank you. Could I have attach the word "it" at the end of this question?

6. How many do you think a typical household would have (it??)?

Also, what is the difference? Thank you.

1.This modal use is a generalization.
2.The modal use is for a generalization.
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Do you think a three-year-old can carry it?-- This is no good, because there is no hammer.

I can carry it
I can carry it if you ask me.

Where can I buy it?
Where could I buy it?
-- These are all good sentences but represent different conditions.

How many do you think a typical household would have?-- No 'it'.

1.This modal use is a generalization.-- No good
2.The modal use is for a generalization.
-- Not very good
3. The modal use is for generalization-- Use this.
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Thank you. Do you the below is inappropriate eventhough the situation is a quiz, allowing people to ask various types of questions for them to figure out what an object is? I think there is a game like that and it is called "20 Questions."

Do you think a three-year-old can carry it?-- This is no good, because there is no hammer.
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Yes, I still think it is inappropriate as good English. Is that what you are here to learn?
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Yes, Mr. M. I am in these forums to learn to speak and write good English, not bad English, and you are helping me greatly in that department. Thank you.
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