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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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Saudi Arabia

thank you

12:39 PM Jul 01 2009 |



i most practise it then i know what is different between them

10:56 AM Jul 01 2009 |




and what about another modal verbs e.g. ought to, have to to be able to

03:02 PM May 04 2009 |



thanks a lot


04:32 PM May 03 2009 |




that's good i was forgetting those word and i brought back every thing, thanks

05:17 PM May 02 2009 |



it´s very helpful; thanks

05:12 PM Apr 28 2009 |




please tell me about would,and where is it used,

08:01 PM Apr 27 2009 |


Cape Verde

I think that your lesson could not be more clear. That's a nice way to learn english. Thank you for helping us to improve our english.

04:41 PM Apr 23 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

good lesson.Thank you so much

10:07 PM Apr 20 2009 |

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Saudi Arabia

thanks  for this great information  i really  need  this information  bytheway  we can use might  in past     thank u

06:28 PM Apr 19 2009 |