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Some may ask, “How can the past be forgotten?  

 

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Some ask, "How can the past be forgotten?  

asked May 02 '13 at 20:51 Susan New member

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The sentences have almost the same meaning.  Some may ask...., using the modal verb may, rhetorically anticipates the possibility that this question will be asked; Some ask..., using the simple present tense, grammatically shows that this question is regularly or routinely asked. 

link comment answered May 02 '13 at 22:30 Shawn Mooney Expert

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