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Sentence:

The millionaire has a  very  ugly girl who  I  <may/can/could/would> not have dreamed many boys fell in love with. 

If I want to express it with the fact that: many men actually love her, from a grammar standpoint, which modal verb is possible?

Many thanks in advance.

Last edited by Robby zhu
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Hi, Robby zhu,

I'd add "so" before "many boys," and use "could fall in love" instead of "fell in love."

I think you need a counterfactual structure there, using "could" or "would" + perfect infinitive. I prefer "would":

- The millionaire has a very ugly girl who I would not have dreamed so many boys could fall in love with.

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