Paco travels to Southeast Asia: Where the dragon descends into the sea

The title of the topic is a romantic translation for Halong Bay, in the Northeast of Vietnam; 3000 incredible islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Let's accompany Paco around this unique landscape throughout the topic in which the perfect forms of modal verbs and the third type of conditional sentences will be studied.

Halong Bay


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Hanoi is about 200 kilometres now. Paco has moved to Halong Bay and he is sitting on a deck looking into the emerald waters of the bay, waiting for the junk to come for a boat trip around the bay. There are lots of people everywhere waiting for the ships. Paco has planned to go on a cruise and sleep in the junk for one night and spend the next one in Cat Ba island. Although the landscape is wonderful, he is a little bit sad.

Finally Phuong accompanied him to the theatre and they had fun with the performance. After that they were having a walk around the lake and having dinner in the French Quarter....definitely he has fallen in love with her but now, he is lost in his thoughts...

Halong Bay

'I would have liked Phuong to be here. I could have told her to come with me although she must work these days, but her colleague might have changed her turns; well there is nothing to be done now. If I had spent some more days in Hanoi, we would have had more time to know each other. But now it's too late to regret. Hopefully I will call her later to chat with her, at about six she may have finished work. Oh! this one must be my ship'.

  1. In the previous passage, there are some modal verbs in their perfect form (have). Can you identify them?
  2. There is also a conditional, which type is it?

The words in bold are also translated below.

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The expression 'I would have liked Phuong to be here' means....

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Phuong may come later.
There is no possibility for Phuong to come.
There is little possibility that Phuong comes.

The expression 'I could have told her to come with me' denotes...

The expression 'although she must work these days, her colleague might have changed her turns" means...
Her colleague surely will change her turn.
Her colleague will not change her turn at all.
Maybe her colleague would have changed her turn.

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