Saturday, December 17, 2016

Class 10/9/8/7 - English Modal Verbs-Situations Table (#CBSENotes)

English Modal Verbs

Situations Table

Class 10/9/8/7 - English Modal Verbs-Situations Table (#CBSENotes)

Situation Modal Verb Example
requests
(formal)
may May I sit down?
requests
(informal)
can Can I sit down?
requests
(polite)
would Would you ind if I sit down?
permission
(formal)
may yoy may sit down
permission
(informal)
can You can sit down
obligation
(full)
must You must tell the police the truth.
obligation
(partial)
should You should tell your friends the truth.
obligation(partial)
(less common)
ought to You ought to tell your friends the truth.
logical conclusions
(stronger than "should")
must He left an hour ago,so he must be there already.
logical conclusions
(weaker than "must")
should He left half an hour ago,I believe he should be there already.
Possibility
(general)
can It can rain sometimes.
possibility
(weaker than "may" and "might")
could It could rain,but it is not very common in this part of the country.
possibility
(weaker than "may")
might It's not very cloudy yet,but it might rain.
possibility
(stronger than "might")
may It's starting to get cloudy-it may rain soon.
future
actions/states/intentions
will Look at the sky!It will rain soon.

Note: Check Online Quiz on Modals.

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