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Modal Verbs in English
Transcript of Modal Verbs in English
How many modal verbs are there in English?
One modal - different meanings
One meaning by different modals
Modal Auxiliary Verbs in English
should, could, can, must (strong advice)
might, may, can could
5. necessity or obligation:
must, should, ought to
would (you like)..
should not, must not, ought not to
could, can, will, would
What is this?
What is this?
necessity or obligation
How are modal verbs different from lexical verbs in terms of their grammatical features?
What are the main usages of the modal verbs?
followed by bare infinitives (e.g.,
He can swim
He can to swim
No 3rd person inflection (e.g.,
He cans swim)
No non-finite forms (e.g.,
å kunne, å måtte
No double modal auxiliaries
he will can work more, cf. Han skal kunne jobbe mer.)
Features of Modals
Study Contrastive Points!
(pp. 140-142, 146-148)
When I arrived at school today, there were papers all over the floor in the hall and the director’s office.
What is Modality?
The Usages of Modals
by Minjeong Son (ILP, UiT)
You are in charge of designing the rules for _____ (YOUR OWN CHOICE). They should include what people should do, mustn't do and can do.
Work in pairs.