Negotiating and modal verbs

Market Leader Pre-Intermediate Unit 2 Tapescript 2.5

Put one modal (or similar) verb into each gap below.

Now, about payment. You ___________________________________________________ to charge us 50 dollars an hour. That works out at 400 dollars a day, I believe.

Yes, that’s the normal fee for the job.

Well, we _____________________________________ prefer to pay you a fixed amount for the work. We __________________________________________ offer you $6,000.

I see. Do you mind if I ask you why you _________________________ to pay that way?

Well, you see, that way we _____________________________________ control the cost of the project. If we pay you per hour, the cost ___________________________________ come high. It __________________________________________ get out of control. This way, we know where we stand.

I see. $6,000. Mmmm, that _________________________________________________ be all right, I suppose, as long as I get some money in advance. How about paying me half when I start the work and half at the end?

Yes, I think we _________________________________ arrange that. OK. I agree to that. 

Use the mixed answers under the fold to help you.

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Mixed answers

can

could

want

would

Listen and check. 

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Answers

Now, about payment. You ______________want____________ to charge us 50 dollars an hour. That works out at 400 dollars a day, I believe.

Yes, that’s the normal fee for the job.

Well, we ___________would________________ prefer to pay you a fixed amount for the work. We _____________can___________ offer you $6,000.

I see. Do you mind if I ask you why you ____________want_________ to pay that way?

Well, you see, that way we __________can______________ control the cost of the project. If we pay you per hour, the cost ____________could__________ come high. It _____________could_______________ get out of control. This way, we know where we stand.

I see. $6,000. Mmmm, that _________could_____________ be all right, I suppose, as long as I get some money in advance. How about paying me half when I start the work and half at the end?

Yes, I think we ____________could_____________ arrange that. OK. I agree to that.

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