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    tell me plz.

    What is difference between modal verb and regular verb?

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    #2

    Re: tell me plz.

    A)Modal verbs such as "should, must, have to, might etc..." serve a specific purpose in English;

    ie; giving advice, expressing obligation, expressing possibility etc...

    B)Modal verbs cannot be used on their own. They must be used in conjuction with standard verbs.

    ie; You should study for your exam next week. (giving advice)

    Note; Modal Verbs do not change form for the third person.

    ie; She shoulds study for her exam next week. (The s is wrong here)
    She should study for her next exam

    For the negative form just add "not"

    ie; You should not smoke. Its bad for you.

    *There are 11 modal verbs if I'm not mistaken.

    Hope that helps


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    Exclamation Re: tell me plz.

    Quote Originally Posted by Luizao View Post
    A)Modal verbs such as "should, must, have to, might etc..." serve a specific purpose in English;

    ie; giving advice, expressing obligation, expressing possibility etc...

    B)Modal verbs cannot be used on their own. They must be used in conjuction with standard verbs.

    ie; You should study for your exam next week. (giving advice)

    Note; Modal Verbs do not change form for the third person.

    ie; She shoulds study for her exam next week. (The s is wrong here)
    She should study for her next exam

    For the negative form just add "not"

    ie; You should not smoke. Its bad for you.

    *There are 11 modal verbs if I'm not mistaken.

    Hope that helps
    I would only add a simple example to explain why we call certain verbs "modal verbs"
    Please mark the difference between the following two sentences.
    • I speak in English. (the verb “speak” means I am habituated to speak in English)
    • I can speak in English. (Here “can speak” means I am not habituated to speak in English but I am capable of speaking English)
    So with the use of the word “can” the meaning of the verb “speak” gets modified and capability or possibility is addead to it. So we call such words as “can”a modal verb


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    Re: tell me plz.

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    I would only add a simple example to explain why we call certain verbs "modal verbs"

    Please mark the difference between the following two sentences.
    • I speak in English. (the verb “speak” means I am habituated to speak in English)
    • I can speak in English. (Here “can speak” means I am not habituated to speak in English but I am capable of speaking English)
    So with the use of the word “can” the meaning of the verb “speak” gets modified and capability or possibility is addead to it. So we call such words as “can”a modal verb
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