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Comment on the use of would in the sentences



1. A little crowd of people would assemble after mass.

2. Mrs Kearney perceived that such a man would wear better than a romantic person.

3. She knew that the first tenor would not like to come on after Mr Meade’s comics turn.

4. But she knew it would not be ladylike to do that.

5. Mr Fitzpatrick said he would bring the matter before the committee ...

6. He listened carefully and said perhaps it would be better, if he went with her on Saturday night.

 

13. Comment on the meaning of the modal verbs in the following sentences:

1. On special Sundays, when Mr Kearney went with his family to the pro-cathedral, a little crowd of people would assemble after mass.

2. A contract was drawn up by which Kathleen was to receive eight guineas for her services.

3. She knew what artistes should go in capitals and what artistes should go into a small type.

4. Mr Holohan came to her and proposed that her daughter should be the accompanist.

5. Thanks to her, everything that was to be done was done.

6. The concerts were to be on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

7. He said they were to leave the report for him at the Freeman office.

 

III. Discussion Exercises and Exercises on Style

Explain what the author meant by the following

1. She sat amid the chilly circle of her accomplishments, waiting for some suitor to brave it and offer her a brilliant life.

2. But the young men whom she met were ordinary and she gave them no encouragement, trying to console her romantic desires by eating a great deal of Turkish Delight in secret.

3. Soon the name of Miss Kathleen began to be heard often on people’s lips.

4. As Mr Holohan was a novice in such delicate matters as the wording of bills the disposing of items for a programme, Mrs Kearney helped him.

5. It cost a pretty penny.

6. There was something she didn’t like in the look of things, and Mr Fitzpatrick’s vacant smile irritated her very much.

7. But Mrs Kearney saw at once that the house was filled with paper.

8. The women followed with keen eyes the faded blue dress which was stretched upon a meagre body.

9. The warmth, fragrance and colour of her body appealed to his senses.

10. He was a suave, elderly man who balanced his imposing body, when at rest, upon a large silk umbrella.

11. Mr Bell, the first item, stood ready with his music but the accompanist made no sign.

12. Mr Holohan pointed desperately towards the hall where the audience was clapping and stamping. He appealed to Mr Kearney and Kathleen.

Account for the use of the emphatic structure

But in the end it was Mrs Kearney who arranged everything.




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