Questions tagged [modal-verbs]
Modal auxiliary verbs are a special type of auxiliary verb, used mainly to express ability, likelihood, permission, and obligation. These include 'will', 'would', 'can', 'could', 'shall', 'should', 'may', 'might', 'must', 'ought', 'need', and 'dare'. Please do not use this tag for the non-modal auxiliaries 'be', 'have', or 'do'.
I’ll finish the work in the next few days. You can pay me then.
Although you can visit these places, you’re welcome to stay in the hotel if you are tired.
You can buy a ticket from the Tourist ...
It was a step toward independence and get rid of foreign interference, but it might went too ideological on this ground.
It was a step toward independence and get rid of foreign ...
I'm wondering whether "would" can be used to indicate the speaker/writer's speculation, not necessarily counterfactuality or unlikelihood. Consider the following:
A: Where is John now? B: ...
Can I use "may," "might," and "could" in my first sentence? Additional information is provided for context.
Yes, you may need English in the future. We don't know what'...
This is my opinion about it. I am interested to see if anyone else knows more about this.
This is my opinion about it. I will be interested to see if anyone else knows more about this.
This is my ...
Could you tell what is the difference in meaning between the following sentences?
To get a place at the college, you have to pass the exams.
To get a place at the college, you have to have passed ...
May flowers flourish in your garden!
What is wrong in this sentence? Grammarly says, that I have to change the verb form. It suggests that I write, 'May flower flourish in your garden' and not '...
Still, dislike him as they might, Abu-'Ali's neighbours and kinsmen also held him in fear. The children of the hamlet were always careful to be discreet when they mimicked him: they would look up and ...
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This question drew my attention to something that seems perfectly clear to native English speakers, but leaves English learners bewildered.
When you negate a sentence containing a modal or an ...
Although you can visit these places, you’re welcome to stay in the hotel if you are tired.
Which one of the modals "may", "might", "could" can I use in place of "...
How to distinguish use cases of these verbs?
Mustn't is a negative form of modal verb. We should use when something prohibited.
You mustn't talk in the library.
Needn't it's regular verb with negative ...
A female crocodile may lay 30-40 eggs.
A female crocodile can lay 30-40 eggs.
Q1) What is the difference between (1) and (2)?
Q2) Can I replace "may" with "might" or "could&...
I am wondering about "would" can be also used to express the degree of certainty.
Not any website shows any example sentences using "would" to express the degree of certainty only ...
Person A: After listening to a video clip, do you comment with "I like it" or "I liked it"?
Person B: The present tense is probably better. In general, though, you can use either.
In the following sentence:
They can disagree.
what I want to say is that the subject, they, can possibly reach a state when they no longer agree. Of course, it can be the opposite - they can agree ...
I'm a teacher of English as a foreign language. I'm about to deal with a lesson of modals and how to use them to express degrees of certainty. I have some questions
I'm confused about the meaning of ...
Could you please explain me what is the use and the meaning of WOULD in this sentence?
“It’s very odd that he WOULD HAVE BEHAVED rudely to you”.
According to https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-modal-would.htm, would can be used to create remoteness of possibility or probability remoteness between speakers (formality, politeness).
In a normal coned and threaded tube connection, any external mechanical loading on the tubing lines, valves or fittings, would be concentrated on the first thread of the tube. This can cause failure ...
Yesterday I went to see my friend who lost her only son the day before in a car accident. Seeing me she started crying. I could imagine (at the time) what she was going through.
Is "could" ...
Throughout Mum's pregnancy, which had been textbook, he had noted Mum's smaller belly, and had suspected something wasn't quite right. But without all the whiz-bang technology we have today— ...
Would, could, and might can be used to express possibility or uncertainty in the present or future (they are the "softer" and more "indirect", or more "polite" forms of ...
Could you tell me if there is a nuance of meaning between could and would when asking someone to do something politely? For example:
Kate, could you pick up some milk on your way home?
Kate, would ...
Please let me know if could in the following sentences shows a hypothetical situation or possibility.
He couldn’t lift that. It’s too heavy.
He could lift that. It is not too heavy.
If you have ever been woken up before sunrise by the trilling and chirping of birds outside your window, you may have wondered: why do birds sing so loud, so early in the morning?
Why is "would" used in this video. (on 00:00:28)
"She might have been waiting for us"
‘Have been waiting’ forms the present perfect progressive tense
‘might’ is a modal verb
The verb that follows modal verbs is suppose to be a bare ...
In this sentence below:
“They may be coming sooner than we expected”.
Is the word ‘be’ in this sentence a helping verb?
Is the word ‘coming’ in this sentence a verbal?
What tense is this sentence in?...
I have learned more about conjecture.
Link: You know what probably happened?
So, my understanding is as follows.
1. You know what probably happened?
2. You know what I think probably happened?
The most we can expect is a slight cut in the sales-tax. (this is what is reasonable or acceptable)
With a new wind generation record of 4,131 megawatts set on 14 September, the question of how far ...
I have a question regarding conditional sentences, as far I know the “third conditional” is used when we’re talking about a condition from the past that never
actually happened after ...
It would be great if you would not be here around for a while.
Is this sentence correct?
This is I guess if clause or conditional clause
Is it possible to use an inversion like this:
"Nothing could (can) I do in that situation."
In the following situation, which fits best (should or must or have to):
I think that it is very important to look after the environment. This means that we should/must/have to cut down the amount of ...
You/one can get very nasty skin diseases from bathing in dirty water.
I know this is a generally true sentence. But could it refer exclusively to the future?
Is it possible to use 'can' instead of 'could' in this sentence?
It encouraged me to bring my old coats for the homeless so that they could stay warm.
Example: Your tuition could be completely covered.
Question: Why is this sentence correct? I thought with modal, you must always use base form.
Look at these sentences:
(1)He lost to a better player. He won in every other way one can imagine.
(2)You/one can get very nasty skin diseases from bathing in dirty water.
It can be seen that both ...
My friend said,
"I would do it if I get the chance."
But what will be the difference if I use 'will' in place of 'would' in the above sentence?
Person/learner A: What does "take" mean in this sentence?
Interlocutor B: You'll need to provide more context for a good answer. (a) In that particular sentence, the verb "take" ...
My school teacher said that "Could I go?" is more polite than "Can I go?" but according to me "Could I go?" can not be used interchangeably but should be used as to infer ...
I wish everyone was beautiful in this world. And nobody would have been ugly like me.
I have a doubt concerning the second sentence.
And nobody would be ugly like me.
And nobody would have been ...
Could you tell me if I have to use how couldn't I or how couldn't have I in the sense of criticizing oneself for failure to do something in the past? For example:
The problem turns out to be so easy. ...
I found the sentense "he hesitated before ringing her, fearful of what she might say".
I wonder why "... might say" is used but not "... might have said"?
What is the difference between the following sentences?
(1) You/I need to do it
(2) You/I would need to do it
Do we use the second one for distancing from reality and being more polite?
Someone told me "cannot" isn't used properly in the following because it means "incapable or unwilling." Do you think it's incorrectly used? I saw it being used to talk about ...
Are the following sentences both correct? If so, is there any difference?
For all I know, he left last night.
For all I know, he might have left last night.
The whole class was laughing as if they would die. The German teacher
tried in vain to stop their noise. But they would not listen to her.
But they would not listen to her.
What is the ...
Your child can do better with a different teacher.
Your child may do better with a different teacher.
Your child could do better with a different teacher.
Your child might do better with a different ...