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Modal Verbs

Modal verbs come before and modify the main verb in a sentence and help explain ideas like possibility, necessity, or obligation. Here are several modal verbs and their functions:

Might expresses uncertainty about the present or future, as in, "I might quit my job next month," or, "It might be cold out, so bring a jacket."

Can expresses ability or possibility, as in, "I can speak French and Spanish," or, "Students can get cheaper tickets at the movies." It also asks permission or makes a request, as in, "Can you come over tonight?"

Should expresses obligation, as in, "I should study for my math test," or probability, as in, "The package should arrive tomorrow, since I sent it last week." It also gives advice, as in, "I think you should go out with Jesse."

Must expresses necessity or obligation, as in, "I must go see my grandmother this weekend." It also gives strong advice, as in, "You must quit smoking now that you're pregnant."

Other modal verbs and modal verb phrases include: will, may, could, would, have to, need to, ought to, and be able to.

Modal Verbs Grammar Quiz

  1. I wish you come over tomorrow.

  2. If Janna was more outgoing, she have more friends.

  3. Mark walk well because he sprained his foot.

  4. you please pass me the salt?

  5. If you want to meet more girls, you come dancing with me on Friday.

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Modal Verbs Lessons:


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pl. hlp me know wht a non verbal presentation

03:16 PM Mar 05 2009 |



Palestinian Territory, Occupied

very useful, now i really anderstood what is the differance between them, thanks englishbaby

01:18 PM Feb 23 2009 |


United States

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08:29 AM Feb 04 2009 |


United Arab Emirates

Thank you!!!!!!

07:59 AM Jan 25 2009 |

Mr Shaluunge

United States

it's good lesson really and good for to understand

08:22 AM Jan 24 2009 |




     Nice to meet you

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