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Table 3 Combination of MODALITY type and value

From: Recreating the image of Chan master Huineng: the roles of MOOD and MODALITY

MODALITY type Modality value
Low Median High
Modalization Probability can/could/may/might possibly, I guess will/would probably, I think must/should certainly, I know
  Usuality can/could/may/might sometimes will/would usually must/should always
Modulation Obligation can/could/may/might it’s permissible… should/had better, it’s desirable… must/have to/ought to it’s necessary
  Inclination willing to will/would like to must/have to