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Modal Verbs

Modal verbs come before and modify the main verb in a sentence and help explain ideas like possibility, necessity, or obligation. Here are several modal verbs and their functions:

Might expresses uncertainty about the present or future, as in, "I might quit my job next month," or, "It might be cold out, so bring a jacket."

Can expresses ability or possibility, as in, "I can speak French and Spanish," or, "Students can get cheaper tickets at the movies." It also asks permission or makes a request, as in, "Can you come over tonight?"

Should expresses obligation, as in, "I should study for my math test," or probability, as in, "The package should arrive tomorrow, since I sent it last week." It also gives advice, as in, "I think you should go out with Jesse."

Must expresses necessity or obligation, as in, "I must go see my grandmother this weekend." It also gives strong advice, as in, "You must quit smoking now that you're pregnant."

Other modal verbs and modal verb phrases include: will, may, could, would, have to, need to, ought to, and be able to.

Modal Verbs Grammar Quiz

  1. I wish you come over tomorrow.

  2. If Janna was more outgoing, she have more friends.

  3. Mark walk well because he sprained his foot.

  4. you please pass me the salt?

  5. If you want to meet more girls, you come dancing with me on Friday.

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Modal Verbs Lessons:

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Mr. Learner

Peru

When can I use “could”?

10:20 AM Oct 23 2012 |

Zanyssik

Zanyssik

Latvia

Cool

10:27 AM May 21 2012 |

suleymanzade

Azerbaijan

modal verbs are very interesting. But I would like to add something


after should , can, must, have to, we  can’t use (to), but after ought we must use.

09:43 AM May 01 2012 |

eSiR

Turkey

it’s useful indeed :))

06:30 PM Apr 10 2012 |

nhiem

nhiem

Viet Nam

this is great and useful for my study ,,,Smile

10:41 AM Apr 09 2012 |

CatcheR

CatcheR

Iceland

Could Would Can’t could should

07:51 AM Mar 19 2012 |

 great

great

Morocco


  • thankx vey much
    that’s was usefull for me and for others ex  Laughing....i should visit the doctors evry month.

05:06 PM Feb 05 2012 |

Zulayiveth

Zulayiveth

Panama

hello

03:27 AM Jan 13 2012 |

CatcheR

CatcheR

Iceland

You should wear jacket , it might very cold outside.
I can speak English better than Spanish.
I must study hard for my exam.

06:46 AM Dec 21 2011 |

hamod ramdan

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

thank you

02:37 AM Dec 15 2011 |