What are Modal Verbs? | Can, will, shall, would, may, might, should, must, ought to, have to, etc


Modal verbs the Englishacked way

WHAT ARE THEY?
They are auxiliary Verbs i.e, they are used as helper Verbs. They add mood and expression to a grammatical sentence. Sort of makeup like mask applied to the face.

RULE NUMBER ONE
They always come before the verb they are helping or changing the mood.

Formular
Modal Verb + verb
Eg
You eat food. (a simple sentence telling someone to eat food with no feelings, no mood, no touch, just flat ) of course he/she won’t eat!

See when a modal verb is added.

  1. You should eat food. (advice/suggestion otherwise they will die)
  2. You must eat food. (strong advice)
  3. You can’t eat food. (prohibited)
  4. You have to eat food. (strong advice)
    Isn’t that beautiful to know? Just like makeup changes us. :relaxed:

Now you know why you need to learn them. Use them in your Everyday English and you will sound fluent.

List of Modal verbs

  1. Can
  2. Could
  3. Will
  4. Would
  5. Shall
  6. Should
  7. May
  8. Might
  9. Have to
  10. Ought to
  11. Must

All the above add expression and mood to the English language. Practice them and learn.

Uses

  1. Abilities
  2. Impossibilities
  3. Permissions
  4. Request and Instructions
  5. Offers and Invitations
  6. Prohibitions
  7. Advice
  8. Suggestions
  9. Intentions
  10. Obligations
  11. Probabilities
  12. Etc
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