English Grammar: Modal Verbs

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Definition:

Modal verbs are used to express ideas such as possibility, intention, obligation and necessity.

CAN, COULD, WILL, WOULD, SHALL, SHOULD, OUGHT TO, DARE and NEED are some examples.

  • eg: I would have told you, if you had wanted me to.
  • eg: Yes, I can do that.

 

See Also:

Auxiliary Verb; Deontic Modality; Dynamic Modality; Ditransitive Verb; Dynamic Verb; Epistemic Modality; Finite Verb; Inchoative Verb; Intransitive Verb; Irregular Verb; Non-finite Verb; Phrasal Verb; Regular Verb; Stative Verb; Transitive Verb; Verb Group; Verb Phrase

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Beginner Must & Can (10)
Intermediate May or Might (10)
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Intermediate Modals- Permission and Requests (10)
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