Modal Verbs in English Grammar
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Modal Verbs in English Grammar

Learn about the nine main modal verbs in English grammar and how they are used in sentences. Understand the specific rules and contexts for using modal verbs correctly, such as for indicating possibility, necessity, ability, and more.

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Questions and Answers

Which modal verb is used to indicate probability, necessity, or prohibition?

Must

In which type of sentences are modal verbs used without the word 'do'?

Negative sentences

Which modal verb is used for future time, promises, and willingness?

Will

What is the correct contraction for 'can not' in negative sentences?

<p>Can't</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which modal verb is used for recommendations, correctness, or uncertain predictions?

<p>Should</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which modal verb can show past ability, polite questions, possibilities, impossibilities, or suggestions?

<p>Would</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which modal verb can be used for offers, confirmation, or promises?

<p>Shall</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

  • Modal verbs are a subset of auxiliary verbs and follow strict rules in English grammar.
  • There are nine main modal verbs: must, might, may, will, would, can, could, shall, and should.
  • Modal verbs do not change their form based on tense and do not require "to" before the infinitive verb.
  • In negative sentences, modal verbs are used without the word "do" and have specific contractions like "can't" for can not.
  • In interrogative sentences, modal verbs are used before the subject, like "Can you help me?"
  • Each modal verb has specific uses:
    • Might and may show possibility.
    • Must can indicate probability, necessity, or prohibition.
    • Will is used for future time, promises, and willingness.
    • Would is used for polite questions, invitations, preferences, or desires.
    • Can indicates ability, possibility, impossibility, or requests.
    • Could can show past ability, polite questions, possibilities, impossibilities, or suggestions.
    • Should is used for recommendations, correctness, or uncertain predictions.
    • Shall can be used for offers, confirmation, or promises.
  • Using modal verbs correctly involves understanding their different meanings and contexts.

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