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    Question How to use Modal verbs

    Hi

    I am the new comer to this forum. Hope to get a great support from you.

    I have a big confusion in using modal verbs.

    1. Where to use May and Might ? What is the difference between them ?

    2. Where to use Will and Would ? What is the difference between them ?

    3. Where to use Shall and Should ? What is the difference between them ?

    4. Where to use Can and Could ? What is the difference between them ?

    It would be great if i got the explanations with examples

    Thanks in Advance,
    Vetty

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    Re: How to use Modal verbs

    This should help you: ENGLISH PAGE - Modal Verb Tutorial


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    Re: How to use Modal verbs

    Yes I go through that tutorial

    But still i am not so clear using these verbs

    For eg:

    1. The members of the organization agree that I may join it.
    The members of the organization agreed that I might join it.

    2. It may rain.
    It might rain.

    Can you please tell me the difference between May and Might for the above examples ?


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    Re: How to use Modal verbs

    It may rain - good or reasonable chance of rain
    It might rain- possible, but less likely


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    Re: How to use Modal verbs

    1. The members of the organization agree that I may join it. --You have permission to join.
    2. The members of the organization agreed that I might join it. --There is a possibility that you will join.


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    Re: How to use Modal verbs

    Great

    Before I got these explanations, I thought that "Might" is the past tense of "May", just like "Could" is the past tense of "Can".

    Now I think I understand better.

    Thanks

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    Re: How to use Modal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Vetty View Post
    Great

    Before I got these explanations, I thought that "Might" is the past tense of "May", just like "Could" is the past tense of "Can".

    Now I think I understand better.

    Thanks
    You're welcome.

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