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'.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
I like that piece of furniture. I wish it could fit in my apartment.
was able to fit
My answer: I like that piece of furniture. I wish it would fit in my ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
I would roast you but my mom said I am not allowed to burn trash.
Why is "would" used in this sentence?
Is it OK to use "can" in the if-clause of Type 1 conditional sentences?
I'll try to find the audio files later. If I can't find them I'll record everything for you.
Is this sentence ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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?
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?
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.
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 "...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
"I’m happy because you could have won the race."
Could we say this sentence to a person who won a race?
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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?
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 ...
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,
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'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)?
"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 ...
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, ...
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.
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 ...
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?
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 ...
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?
I said I would go ...
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 ...
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: