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'.
Rewrite the sentence below using the words in brackets:
The jacket you bought is very good quality (it/ be/ very expensive).
Should we write it into ''It must be expensive'' or ''It must have been ...
a. If the polls are anything to go by, their party should do pretty badly in the upcoming elections.
b. If the polls are anything to go by, their party ought to do pretty badly in the upcoming ...
I read in my grammar book that if there is a verb after "stop", it will be in present continuous form: I mean in "ing" form. But I found the following sentence in the book:
You might stop to ...
A teachbook says that 'be going to' is the substitute for modal verb 'will'. Example:
When I was going to school, I was preoccupied with good grades.
What tense did use the first clause, and why? ...
I was watching tv series where police said “he could have been wearing gloves’ I think he speculated the past event..but I really can't understand the reason behind using ing and been...because we ...
Ex without "could"
where is the bathroom?
Ex with "could"
Could you tell me where the bathroom is?
Ex with "could" improper use of "is"
Could you tell me where is the bathroom
So why do we ...
Could you tell me what the past tense of "would like to do" is? Is it "wanted to do"?
Also, I'd like to know the present and past perfect tense of "would like to do" if ...
Is it appropriate to say, "Bob was not sure whether Kate was at work. She might be at work."?
In my opinion, "Bob thought, 'She may/might be at work.'"is correct.
Switching it to indirect speech, "...
Use appropriate modals to fill in the blanks:
1) It is a good book you _____ read it.
2) He _____ not come today because it is raining.
3) I would do it if I _____.
4) We ____ stamp a letter ...
Which are correct?
Who do you think was the murderer in the story?
1) I think Ben would be the murderer.
2) I think Ben would have been the murderer.
3) Ben would be the murderer.
4) Ben would ...
Here is an example from the HP books:
"Come to think of it, he wasn't even sure his nephew was called Harry. He'd never even seen the boy. It might have been Harvey. Or Harold."
I think it enough to ...
Should I use could or could have in the following sentences.
I was preparing really hard for the presentation because it could affect/could have affected my future significantly.
At that ...
I constructed a sentence and it just sounds more wrong as I think about it.
So, someone says you provide oral sex on men, to offend you, naturally.
But you are a gay, so offensive would be the ...
Why is "Why couldn't she get tickets" correct instead of "Why couldn't she got tickets"?
Why is it get in the present instead of got in the past tense?
Grammar books say don’t use could for past performance. For example, if I ran after a bus and caught it, I can’t say “I ran after a bus and could catch it.”
Nevertheless, people say “I am glad that ...
For example, can I say:
My manager said if Mr. Smith arrived late, I should call her immediately.
Clearly, I cannot use "should have called" here as it implies that I didn't call at all, which is ...
My question is I want to primarily give the driver a choice. The secondary consideration is not being rude.
I take taxi to home. My home is in a community. I often tell taxi driver "You can stop ...
If someone says that sentence in the title when they are fumingly slamming the nob, then would "would" in the phrase mean three things below at the same time?
I really want to know what were they ...
Hey, Would you beat your friend for 100 dollars?
What does this mean?
a) Requesting someone to beat his/her friend for 100 dollars?
b) Asking whether they would beat his friend for 100 dollars ?
1) "You could not make me happy, and I am convinced that I am the last woman in the world who would make you so."
2) "You could not make me happy, and I am convinced that I am the last woman in ...
what is the difference in meaning of these two sentences???
You must carry on so that you can succeed.
You must carry on so that you could succeed.
1) You must carry on so that you will succeed
2)You must carry on so that you may succeed
3)You must carry on so that you can succeed
My grammar book is saying that sentence1 is wrong and ...
1) After we go for a run, I would like some tea.
2) After we go for a run, I like some tea
What is the difference between the meanings of these two sentences?
I learn English vocabulary and write sentences about my life using new words. But I have a problem. I can't write one sentence so that both grammar and meaning are correct.
Some context ...
Which one is correct?
1. I cannot do not eat for 5 days straight
2. I cannot not eat for 5 days straight
3. I cannot not to eat for 5 days straight
Everybody thought we should sell
Everybody thought we should have sold
While I was watching the news, I came to wonder about this question.
As far as I know, the tense after "that" should be ...
Choose the correct:
'I can't believe I got the final question in the pop quiz wrong.'
'I (wouldn't / won't) have known the answer either'
A book says that wouldn't is the only correct option. ...
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 ...
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."
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 ...
“The smaller the friend circle ‘would’ be, the cozier it ‘will’ get.”
Is the ‘will’ in the second clause correct here or should we say ‘would’ like the first clause to balance?
He could come by car(=May be he will come by car)
He could come by car(to talk about the past)
Then how can I know whether someone is talking about past or future event? If it is wrong then please ...
Consider the following two sentences:
He can have cooked dinner (present)
He could have cooked dinner (past)
I've been trying to understand how the "have cooked" part should be understood.
Is it ...
I'm not an expert at grammar, but I'm a native English speaker. I'm trying to help a Spanish speaker learn English. She confuses when to use "to" with "want" or "can". For example, she will say, "I ...
Four months, two weeks, and five days into the mission, we received Nephthy's final message. (Nephthy = A space colony ship) Panicked voices broken by static. An alien message impossible to decipher. ...
I have a question regarding the usage of can, could, would. I know can Is less polite when it is used to request people to do things. I know would and could also be used in a more polite way. But can ...
She would be sixteen.
She would be his wife.
What do these two sentences mean?
Do they mean that “she is sixteen” and “she is his wife”? If not what is the difference between these two ...
1) Having faster computers would make for a more efficient system.
2) Having faster computers will make for a more efficient system
What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences? ...
If I had had only one cake and had given it to John, which of the following sentences would be correct?
That was the only cake I could give John.
That was the only cake I could have given John....
Do you think he will come?
Do you think he would come?
Which is the correct form? If both are correct, What is the difference in their meaning? I have seen similar questions, but the are not ...
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.
A grammar question states that “must” is better than “would” for the following sentence.
Could anyone tell me why?
Because, grammatically speaking, these two sentences should be correct.
From To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus is defending a man who allegedly raped and beat up a girl (named Mayella Ewell) in her house. Her father states that he was returning home when he heard his ...
please help me with this.
So I heard today that a native american person said "We've had a lot of people stop by our booth"
and I though it should be "we've had a lot of people stopping by our booth"...
In some scientific article I saw this sentence.
For example, using the vanilla Damerau-Levenshtein edit distance (defined as the minimum number of point changes required to transform a string into ...
What's the difference between...
Gandalf will have killed hundreds of dragons in his time.
Gandalf must have killed hundreds of dragons in his time.
The first sentence is a line from a movie ...
In some sentence such as
"He should be hired for this job"
"He should hired for this job"
When should "be" be used, or not?
“This system Would largely benefit the numerous migrant beneficiaries such as labourers, daily wagers, blue-collar workers etc. who frequently change their place of dwelling in search of employment or ...
I should have been sentenced to prison , but my lawyer convinced the court that I'm innocent
The person who said the sentence is thankful because he is not in prison now , he does not wish to be in ...
Am I crazy? If I am, would I realize it?
Why can't I use will here? I think it is in first conditional form. So will should be used