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Transcript of modal verbs
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.
There are three modal verbs used to show ability:
Be Able To
I can play the guitar.
She can speak German.
* Can is always followed by a base verb.
I could sing very well when I was young.
She could read when she was 2 years old.
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 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 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 is the least formal of the modal verbs used to ask
permission. Here are some examples with can:
Can I play music?
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.
Modal Verb + Base Verb
I may eat dinner at 7:00pm.
She might work late tonight.
They must be tired.
EXERCISES FOR WORKING WITH PAGES
VIDEOS OF MODAL VERBS
There are two modal verbs to show obligation or necessity.
Must is for simple present and usually shows general
Travelers must show their passport before boarding a
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 is not an actual modal verb, but it is used like a modal.
You must conjugate the verb "have" depending on the time
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 is used for advice in the present. The structure is as
Subject + Should + Base Verb
You should eat healthy food.
You should exercise every day