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'.

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confusion of conditional constructions

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
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Understanding would

He would do it What does sentence this mean?? Does this mean any of the following four ways 1) He will do it (if some conditions are met) 2) He will do it (if some conditions are met, but now ...
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Putting in the correct form of the verb - go versus have gone

I'm practicing modals, and in an exercise I had to fill in the correct form of the verb: We couldn't _______ (go) to the concert anyway as Jamie wasn't very well. I put in ‘go’ but the correct ...
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“something I’d do as a matter of course had I not been under Atticus’s interdict” — why “I'd do” and “had I not been”?

From To Kill a Mockingbird: In later years, I sometimes wondered exactly what made Jem do it, what made him break the bonds of “You just be a gentleman, son,” and the phase of self-conscious ...
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Q: Could? A: Can!!! -> always?

I feel like I've seen a grammar rule somewhere that explained like, "You must answer could questions with the modal can". But I've seen quite a few cases that are opposite, such as... Q: (turns on ...
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use of could / would - correct the sentence - I like that piece of furniture. I wish it could fit in my apartment

I like that piece of furniture. I wish it could fit in my apartment. Options: - was able to fit might would My answer: I like that piece of furniture. I wish it would fit in my ...
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Meaning of “no <things> must/should […]”

I want to write a code comment that means "every line in this file must be shorter than N". I wrote this: No line in this file shall be longer than N ...then considered using "must", which is more ...
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Is it okay to say?: I'm going to go to the movies with him today, so I could've returned his pen then

This is what I saw in a movie. I borrowed his pen yesterday I promised this morning to go to the movies with him this evening I had a business near his house at around lunch, so I tried stop by and ...
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Using the modal verb WILL

I have come across the following sentences in an upper-intermediate book: Living in a foreign country seems strange at first, but you soon get used to it. Don't worry. You will soon get used to it. ...
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Would for typical behaviour or one time thing?

Consider: Let's see if he would give us money. In the example 1, the speaker is saying whether he would give money to the speaker if he asked now. Not his typical behaviour. He might give the ...
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Why is “would” used in this sentence?

I would roast you but my mom said I am not allowed to burn trash. Why is "would" used in this sentence?
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'can' in if-clause

Is it OK to use "can" in the if-clause of Type 1 conditional sentences? For example: I'll try to find the audio files later. If I can't find them I'll record everything for you. Is this sentence ...
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is + past participle vs. has been + past participle?

What is the difference between these two sentences? After the source code is deployed, please check if there are any bugs. After the source code has been deployed, please check if there are ...
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Would usage in this sentence

This day would constitute the greatest challange our production would ever face. Why is WOULD used in this sentence? Source: https://youtu.be/ivfspJOAtBI at 12:54.
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What is the difference between the structure “should do” and “should be doing”?

What is the difference between the following sentences. No one should live in this house, as it is decrepit. No one should be living in this house, as it is decrepit. You should help your ...
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…hoped that you would/could have been

X: "It's a big thing, so I was there with her." Y: "How did it go?" X: "Fine, though I think she had hoped that you would/could have been there too." Is the third piece of dialogue natural in the ...
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Would have usage in this sentence

It was as if I was seeing the young people inside them. Before I would have just seen the wrinkles. What is the usage of "would have" in these sentences? Source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/...
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Would usage in this particular sentence

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?
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Describing past action

I would always see him coming to school late with his jeans. I would always see him coming to school late with his jeans worn. I would always see him coming to school late while wearing his jeans. ...
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Would be or will be

Let's see what book would fit your taste. Let's see what book will fit your taste. What is the difference between 1 and 2? The answer would be 200. It is not as easy as one would wish. Why was "...
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Word-usage - May, might and Could (For if clauses and Non-if clauses)

I've been searching about this for a long time, but the answer is not clear. Is there a difference between May, might and could? And, even further - Is there a difference when they are in a ...
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The meaning of “would have” + the past participal of a verb in context

I have come across it in this video. It is 2 minutes and 28 seconds. Here is the context: Language is complex, and difficult to learn. So complex, that one relatively popular theory, which comes ...
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Usage of 'would' in “When people would ask me”

When people would ask me how old I was, I would answer them correctly. When I would go to social events, people would ask me to tell them my harrowing story. It was annoying when people would ask ...
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Does this sentence “We could not conceive..” describe the past or the present?

I'd like to ask if this sentence describes something that happened in the past or something of the present or future. "We could not conceive that he might soon be dead." Does it mean 'we' were not ...
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structure “had it been..” vs “was it..”

I am still confused about the "had it not been" structure after reading so many related threads. When describing, say Elon Musk, about his drive and passion (which he has been having), which of the ...
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Must not have + past participle

While reading a book, I encountered the following phrase: ...must not have (told) I found that confusing because my understanding was that "must not" is used to indicate that something is ...
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Could have filled

All students could have filled the application. Could this statement mean that every student were eligible for filling ?( we didn't want to mean that they didn't fill the application) , I want to use ...
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could have + past participle to express past possibility that come true

"I’m happy because you could have won the race." Could we say this sentence to a person who won a race?
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Would or will which is more fit?

I wrote the following sentence: In our village, there is a man that would/will help anybody in need. I want to say that helping people is a characteristic or the habit of that man so I tried to ...
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must for deduction

A situation where Jack , Bob and Adam at the same room ,Bob and Adam thought that Jack didn't understand English , Bob said to Adam: "Jack is so boring" , Jack get mad and left the room, then Adam ...
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What type of conditionals does McGonagall use?

I am confused about the type of conditionals used in the sentence below "You'd be stiff, if you'd been sitting on a brick wall all day," said Professor McGonagall. It's the part of the text from ...
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“Could we have” for guessing

If we ask someone to guess how we escaped from the police, could we say: "How could we have escaped from the police?" Also, say I want to used these words in a sentence instead of a question. Does ...
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unnecessary usage of would

I have seen this sentence in an online learning website: Let's delve into the problem you'd like to solve I can't get why would is used in this sentence? what this the difference between this ...
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“Could have” to express astonishment

A teacher gave us a challenge to solve an equation , we spent hours and hours trying to solve the equation without any result , and in a late time my friend called me and told me that he solved the ...
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Is this correct? “How do you not be too hard on yourself for realizing you tolerated poor behavior in a relationship?”

This is the title of a post I saw on Reddit "How do you not be too hard on yourself for realizing you tolerated poor behavior in a relationship?" and I was wondering if "do you not be" was ...
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WOULD meaning in those sentences

1.I think we would be better off friends. 2.I think that i would die. 3.I would die for you. 4.I think i would just cut the wire. Why would is used in those sentences? I think it is not ...
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QUESTION about WOULD

My friend said to me yesterday that "I don't think having superpowers would make my life easier". Why did he use would in that sentence? It is not future in the past, so why use would?
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When you go Or When you would go

I have read this: I am moving tomorrow and the old black lady that lives next to me just said “ I am going to miss you. I used to stay up every night when you would go out with your friends and ...
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Can vs Will be able to

I ran across a ques­tion in a gram­mar test that was ask­ing for a par­tic­u­lar sen­tence, and sup­pos­edly the re­quired an­swer is the first sen­tence given be­low, but not the sec­ond one, which ...
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I wasn't able to do it/I couldn't do it (solve a problem)

I was trying to solve a physics problem, but it was a bit too difficult. What sounds natural: I wasn't able to do this question. (Or "solve") [Or maybe: "I was unable to do this question"] I ...
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What kind of movie would you all like to watch? ---CORRECT?

I'm not sure about the following sentence-constructions: What kind of movie would you all like to watch? What kind of movie you all would like to watch? Which one is correct (and idiomatic)?
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Using modal verb “could” as an independent

"Dan was so successful at school, he made it, he could." Can the modal verb "could" be used as in the above example, as a standalone without a verb following it? "Dan was so successful at school, he ...
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An error can/may occur

Let's say we are talking about some software application: The input data are invalid, so an error can occur The input data are invalid, so an error may occur The input data are invalid, ...
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Had to have happened or Must have happened

I wonder what is the difference here: It had to have happened today. It must have happened today. To me the meaning is the same.
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“can not show up” v. “can not to show up”

You don't get that choice. Yeah, you can not show up, and you might have a flexible work environment, but there's still the social pressure of, 'My desk is sitting empty while everybody else's in the ...
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A question regarding the verb — would like+ to-infinitive

I appreciate if someone can help me in clarifying my doubt. I(subj) + would (modal verb)+ like(verb) + to eat (main verb (to-infinitive))+ rice (obj) Are the classes correct? Thanks!
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“But the idea that someone might be arming the Seam would never have been allowed” — why “would have”?

From The Hunger Games: My bow is a rarity, crafted by my father along with a few others that I keep well hidden in the woods, carefully wrapped in waterproof covers. My father could have made good ...
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Question about the tense of “until …” in a object clause

Quite confused about it. Here is a sentence: I was wondering if you could lend me a few dollars until I get paid on Friday. Why is got or would get improper here? Compared with: I said I would go ...
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“could possibly do something” vs “could do something”

Tell me please what the difference is between the following sentences. He could possibly win the game. He could win the game. What is the role of possibly in the sebtence? What does that adds ...
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“I can see someone ” vs “I see someone”

As this dictionary says can is used with the verbs see, hear, feel, taste, and smell, and with verbs connected with thinking, to mean that someone sees something, hears something etc. For exapmple: ...

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