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Transcript of modal verbs

modal verbs
DEFINITION

Modal verbs are used to express ideas such as possibility, intention, obligation and necessity.
CAN, COULD, WILL, WOULD, SHALL, SHOULD, OUGHT TO, DARE and NEED are some examples.

example: I would have told you, if you had wanted me to.

example: Yes, I can do that.



ABILITY
OBLIGATION
ADVICES
PERMISSION

There are three modal verbs used to show ability:

Can
Could
Be Able To


Examples:

Present
I can play the guitar.
She can speak German.

* Can is always followed by a base verb.

Past
I could sing very well when I was young.
She could read when she was 2 years old.

Future
I will be able to drive a car in 2 years.
He will be able to buy a house next year.
Grammar in Songs: Modal Verbs
Modal verbs are used to ask for permission. The two verbs
used are May, Could, and Can.

May
May is a polite modal verb used to ask for permission. Here
are some examples:
May I use a calculator on the test

The polite answers using may are as follows:
Yes, you may.
No, you may not.


Could
Could is also used to ask for permission. It is less formal than
using may. Here are some examples with could:
Could I have some more juice?



Can
Can is the least formal of the modal verbs used to ask
permission. Here are some examples with can:
Can I play music?

http://www.mansioningles.com/gram62.htm
http://www.englishpage.com/modals/interactivemodal1.htm
There are several modal verbs used to show possibility. They
are Might, May, Could, and Must. All of these are different
ways to say maybe.


STRUCTURE

Modal Verb + Base Verb

Examples:
I may eat dinner at 7:00pm.
She might work late tonight.
They must be tired.
POSSIBILITY
EXERCISES FOR WORKING WITH PAGES
VIDEOS OF MODAL VERBS
There are two modal verbs to show obligation or necessity.

Must
Have to


Must

Must is for simple present and usually shows general
obligations.
example:
Travelers must show their passport before boarding a
plane.
You must use a pencil on the test.

It is formal and normally used only in writing.
All employees must wear proper safety equipment.


Have to

Have to is not an actual modal verb, but it is used like a modal.

You must conjugate the verb "have" depending on the time
and subject.
example:

I have to work tomorrow.
She has to work tomorrow.

Modal Verbs are used to give advice or suggestions. There
are two modal verbs used for advice: Should and Would.


Should

Should is used for advice in the present. The structure is as
follows:

Subject + Should + Base Verb

You should eat healthy food.
You should exercise every day
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