Understanding Modals in English Grammar

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______ and 'could' express ability or possibility.

Can

______ and 'might' express possibility or permission.

May

______ expresses necessity or strong obligation.

Must

______ is used for formal commands or suggestions, mainly in British English.

Shall

______ expresses advice, recommendation, or expectation.

Should

______ and 'would' express future time or willingness.

Will

______ expresses strong recommendation or moral obligation.

Ought to

Sometimes, modal verbs can be stacked to express complex meanings or levels of certainty (e.g., 'might have been able to'). This is known as ______ stacking.

modal

Modals are always followed by the base form of the main verb (except for 'ought to,' which is followed by the infinitive form). This rule is known as Modal + ______ Form.

Base

Modals are negated by adding 'not' after the modal verb (e.g., cannot, may not, must not). This is called ______ negation.

Negation

This quiz covers the definition, examples, and usage of modal verbs in English grammar. Modal verbs like can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will, would, and ought to are explored in terms of expressing possibility, necessity, permission, ability, and obligation.

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