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'.
If I'm in the present time and I'm trying to open the door using the key that doesn't want to go inside the lock. Should I say:
1- The key wouldn't go in.
2- They key won't go in.
Does could make the use of please redundant?
Which sentence is grammatically correct
Could I have piece of paper? or
Could I please have a piece of paper? or
Could I have a piece of paper, please?
At last Mr. Smith came upon the rare stamp he had been seeking at an auction. Since many other stamp collectors would also be bidding for it, he realized that he would have to pay through the nose in ...
1)What is the meaning of this sentence??
Dared he say so??
2)As dared is past, shouldn't we use said instead of say in the sentence??
Answer to the question of an interviewer " I would say "Fear of public speaking" is my weakness and I thought I could overcome it in the near future and since our job is to do data ...
'You can borrow my car if you like' is a more gracious offer
than 'You may borrow it'; the first presumes the granting of
permission, while the second makes a point of it.
CONTEXT (I find the ...
MIGHT (used with another phrase or clause to express the condition, purpose,
or result of something):
Let's agree on this so that (as a result) we might/may go home early
Is there any difference in meaning between the modal verbs in these examples? Do only "may" and "might" express prediction, while "could" expresses that something is not ...
Is had appropriate in the below sentence?
Joseph visits Beneatha after she learns that Walter had lost the money in an investment opportunity.
Consider the following scenario:
A clinical trial that was initiated in Jan 2021 is currently recruiting participants.
The estimated enrollment of the trial is 50 participants.
It is not always sure ...
Learning an instrument is not as easy as one would wish.
What is the use of "would" here and what is the meaning of these sentence?
If I had gone white-water rafting with my friends, I _____ down the Colorado river right now.
A. Would be floating.
B. Would have floated.
C. Would float.
I have read in Raymond Murphy's "English Grammar in Use" "We use "could" to say that something is possible now or in the future.
"The phone is ringing. It could be Tim.&...
Can we use short answers as a proving method for modal verbs? The rule regarding the short answer to affirmative or negative statements is to repeat the auxiliary verb. eg:
"I can fly."
"So can I."
We could be getting married this (next) Saturday but the wedding needed to be postponed for obvious reasons.
We could have been getting married this (next) Saturday but the wedding needed to be ...
What's the difference between:
"I would go on a walk with my friend tonight. "
"I will go on a walk with my friend tonight. "
Does "he should not have known" mean "he must not know"?
There are one or two points about the case which would bear discussion. One is that a man with so remarkable a name as Charles B. Rosma should ...
Can I use "will not" instead of "would not" in the sentence given below? If so, What is the difference?
No matter what I did, Ken wouldn't do what I told him.
According to The Teacher's Grammar of English with Answers: A Course Book and Reference Guide ,
Must expresses inferred probability or suposition. In (44a), the speaker draws a conclusion on the ...
Here are three example sentence,
I'm going to Ireland in July.
I may/might be going to Ireland in July.
I may/might go to Ireland in July.
In my opinion, the first sentence means I've decided to ...
Suppose, I am doing a work. I am having the ability to do the work. Can we say:
I can be doing the work.
Is the structure can+be+present participle correct?
Again, suppose, I have done a work. Can we ...
What is the difference between "should" and "must"?
e.g. "They should have called the police." Can I use "must" in that sentence or not?
e.g. "You should read his new book." How about this sentence?
Let's not wait any longer. He might not turn up.
I would like to know in this sentence, could we use could instead of might? Can these two words be used alternatively?
What's the difference between ...
John is learning to write a speech.But he has not to give any speech in near future.His teacher gave him an advice.
Which of the followings lines should be used as an advice by teacher, considering ...
Situation 1: the speaker doesn't know whether the person has ever appeared in a fashion magazine.
a) He can/could appear in any fashion magazine he wants/wanted to.
b) He is the type of person who can/...
As we know, modal verbs "could" & "can't" can be used to guess something or state an ability.
Eg: She could be at home now (=It is possible that she is at home now. The chance is 50%)
She can't ...
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 ...
I was wondering, how you can determine whether "must" is used for prediction or obligation?
For example, If I say
"I saw the cashier asked an old woman for her id, so I figured he must ...
I don't understand how transform the following sentences using the following tenses. So that it has the same meaning as the first one.
How to put the modal verb "may" into the correct tense?
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 ...
When speaking about the past, I know that "could" cannot be used for single events (Yesterday I could go there but I did not).
However, what if we talk about an ability that ceased to exist? Is the ...
I don't know why we use will because we don't know whether others will do what we ask or not. I wonder whether there is actually an omitted if-clause there.
May I borrow your notebooks? ...
I'm reading a book and I've come across an use would that I cannot figure out what the author meant. In "The Lord would be found in his chambers", take note that before anything we know a character is ...
Please, help me to understand the usage of these modals better.
As I think, the most appropriate answer is
I wasn't able to drink coffee (come home late) when I was 10 years old.
because these ...
He might have gone. But luckily we reached his house and found him.
He might go. But luckily we reached his house and found him.
What do the bold sentences mean?
Do they refer to the past?
When to use ...
After looking up “would” and “could”, I couldn’t find any relevant meaning in the use of would and could in this text, which I found on a British Council page:
You could go on in the same way. You ...
I’m a passionate English-learner from Korea, and I have a question.
Why is would used in this sentence?
A true friend would not say such a thing.
I can think that the speaker is probably not ...
What is the difference between the following sentences?
Are you coming tonight?
Will you come tonight?
Can 'should' be used in the past? I don't mean a regret here. I haven't found an answer on the Internet because all the explanations describe regrets.
I didn't know what I should/was supposed to do
He cannot reach there
He is not able to reach there
I think :-
talks about present ability,
about permanent disability that doesn't allow him to reach there.
What does "would" mean in the following sentences?
That picture would look better on the other wall.
It would be nice to see more of Ray and Barbara.
Six o'clock would be a good time to ...
This sentence is from Michael Vince's English Grammar in Context.
"These books are on the wrong shelf. They shouldn't/mustn't be here."
The exercise asks to choose the right answer. Aren't ...
Can you please explain this to me?
Could you please explain this to me?
I am unable to figure out which to use which situation. I did google, and some posts say they are both the same, even if ...
I've read on the internet that the phrases "how could someone" and "why would someone" are used in reference to past events. However, nowhere have I seen them used with past time ...
Is the following okay? I wouldn't consider using "would rather have stayed" because it's counteractual.
Because it was too cold, we'd rather stay at home yesterday.
I can identify "dare" as modal in negative and interrogative sentence but find it difficult to identify in assertive sentence. for example
John dares to call a spade a spade.
Suppose a telephone is ringing and I think that this call is from a specific person, then what will I say?
That would be him.
That wil be him.
Can we use modal verbs of requests such as would, could, and can with a third-person word?
Would your son close the window? I feel cold.
Could your boss answer my ...
Can We Use Modal Verbs for future events?
My examples are as follows,
Can you tell me how could we recover this amount from him in the next month?
Can you tell me would it be ...
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 ...