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Modal Verbs


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can
to express ability or lack of ability in the present or future, to request permission
may
to express possibility, to request for permission.
may
strong possibility in the present of future
Might
a possibility in the present or in the future.
Might
a possibility in the past [followed by have done],
could
options, possibility, ability in the past
must
to express obligation, to express strong believe, necessity, logical conclusion
go before the noun.
Possessives Adjectives
Possesive Pronouns
go after the after the noun.
come after either a verb or a preposition.
Object/objective pronoun
Reflective pronouns
are used when the complement of the verb is the same as the subject.
Subject pronouns
is used as substitute for proper and common nouns.
Proper nouns
John, Mary, England,London, Ford, Sony, McDonalds, January Sunday, War and Peace, Titanic
Common Noun
man, boy, woman, girl, country, town, company, shop, restaurant, month, day of the week, book, film
Ought to
should, supposed to
should
to give advice, to request or offer, in if- sentences.
Would
Imagining
She might go to class.
They have no -s in the third person singular [he, she, it].
Gallaudet should build a new computer center.
Most modal verbs, except for ought, are followed by the verb without to.
My teacher can sign well.
Modal verbs have no infinitiveor -ing form.
They make questions and negative forms without using do/did:
May I see that?/You mustn't shout.
I could run a long way when I was younger.
Note that some modal verbs appear to have past tense forms [could, should, might], but these are not usually used with a past meaning. One exception is could which, when talking about ability, is …
I may have seen him yesterday.
Most modal verbs can be used in some of their meanings with a perfect infinitive to talk about the past:
I + can + sleep six hours tonight.
Subject + modal + second verb. [Never add -s, -es, -ed, or -ing to the second verb.]