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MODAL VERBS (CAN AND COULD)

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Transcript of MODAL VERBS (CAN AND COULD)

MODAL VERBS
Could
Second,
it can function as a the past tense of

can
”.
Check:
CAN
"
Can
" is one of the most commonly used modal verbs in English. It can be used to express
ability
,
willingness
,
permission
, or
possibility
. The
negative of can is “cannot” or the contraction “can’t”.
Ability / Possibility
Example:

Can you pass me the ketchup?
Willingness
Can I smoke here?
Asking for
permission
Intense light can
hurt your eyes.
Possibility
Examples:
Example:
I can cook dinner.
“Could” has at least three functions.
On the other hand, the
negative
of can is “
could not
” or the contraction “
couldn’t
”.

First,
it can replace “can” and give the phrase a more conditional tone.

You could have been an astronaut if you wanted to.
Conditional
Ability
Example:
Example:

He couldn’t let me have his pencil because he needed it.
Lack of
Permission
Third,

it can function in the same way as “might” or “may”, suggesting that something is a possibility.

(CAN AND COULD)
1)
I can tie my shoes.
(A) - (W) - (Per) - (Pos)
2)
Can I have a piece of gum?
(A) - (W) - (Per) - (Pos)
3)
If you ride a motorcycle, you can fall.
(A) - (W) - (Per) - (Pos)
4)
Can you get me a drink of water?
(A) - (W) - (Per) - (Pos)
5)
I can speak English well.
(A) - (W) - (Per) - (Pos)
1)

I
(could, can)
help you with your homework now.

2)

Five years ago, I
(cannot, couldn’t)
play the piano.

3)

I
(can, could)
get an A on the test.
4)
I
(can, could)
run ten miles if I train hard enough.
5)
We
(can, could)
speak English well.
Check: Circle the correct auxiliary modal verb in each sentence.

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