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Modal Like Verbs

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Javier Moreno

on 25 June 2013

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Transcript of Modal Like Verbs

Modal Like Verbs
What are those?
Have to
We often use have to to say that something is obligatory, for example:

"Children have to go to school"
To be able to / To be allowed to
We often use to be able to or to be allowed to instead of "can".

We can only form the Past of "can" (could).

To put "can" into other tenses we need the phrases to be able to or to be allowed to.
Conclusion
Verbs that accompany other verbs in a sentence.
Change the intensity and purpose of those "common" verbs.
Are not actions.
You
have to
drive slowly!!
It's a crime not to!
You
should
drive
slowly. Too much
stress is not
good for your heart.


Have to is often grouped with modal auxiliary verbs for convenience, but in fact it is not a modal verb. It is not even an auxiliary verb.

In the have to structure, "have" is a main verb. The structure is:

subject + auxiliary verb + have + infinitive (with to)
Structure of Have to


In France, you
have to
drive on the right.
In England, most schoolchildren
have to
wear a uniform.
John
has to
wear a tie at work.
In each of the above cases, the obligation is not the subject's opinion or idea. The obligation is imposed from outside.
Examples:

http://www.englishclub.com/esl-games/grammar/jumbled-past-had-to-1.htm
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/modals/can.htm
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