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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If I had been serious about music when I was young, I might participate in the concert tomorrow.
If I had been serious about music when I was young, I might've participated in the concert tomorrow.
Could vs might(for the future possibility)
I could go there.
I might go there.
I know that these two sentences talk about less possibility to go there.
but, I can’t know their slight difference.
You use "might" to indicate that something could happen or be true in particular circumstances. (emphasis mine)
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.
1.It was probable that he would go but he didn't go.
2.It was probable that he had gone./Probably he had gone.
3.It is probable that he has gone.
Can we make similar sentences as to the meaning of the ...
1). A majority of voters approved changes to Russia's constitution that would allow president valdmir putin to hold power until 2036
2). A majority of voters approved changes to Russia's constitution ...
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 ...
How could you do this to me? [It expresses outrage or anger]
While studying the usage of "could", I found the above sentence. But I studied that "could" is used for hypothetical ...
1). No one can fool me.
2). No one could fool me.
What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
How could we spend this time on the island?
Does this mean 1)It is impossible or difficult for us to spend time in the island? Or 2) What are the possible means to stay in the forest?
If the ...
Let's look at the sentence:
I might go to the market.
We know that 'might' is the past form of 'may'. Also might is used to describe possibility in the present. Then what does the above sentence refer ...
1). He was a popular singer back in the 90's. But I'm sure that he couldn’t fill a concert hall now.
2). He was a popular singer back in the 90's. But I'm sure that he can’t fill a concert hall now.
1).What will you do if you find a suitcase with $10,000?
2).What would you do if you found a suite case with $10,000?
I know that first sentence is normal and second sentence is hypothetical and ...
He goes to London every month so that he can see his ailing father.
Can we use could in the above sentence instead of can?
Some people are saying we can't use "could" here, as could is ...
1). His dance was unbelievable! I don't know if I can do do it.
2). His dance was unbelievable! I don't know if I could do it.
What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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 ...
Consider this sentence of mine, please:
1) I will run as fast as I can.
The past tense version of 1) would be:
2) I ran as fast as I could.
Can we use "could have" in place of "could&...
Would the English student _____ easy access to synonyms, antonyms and the origin of the new words if a good dictionary _____ on his cellphone?
What is the difference between these two expressions:
"Some would argue that..." vs "Some may argue that..."
I saw a sentence
She hoped to have done
Or a sentence, created with the same structure. I don'tunderstand how it works. Then I saw a full version of it:
She hoped that she had done
So, it's like a ...
We normally say that the modal verb "could" is less confident/more hesitant than the modal verb "can". But what about the "negative could"; i,e, "couldn't or could never"?
Consider these sentences, ...
I recently saw such a phrase:
I can have done it
Can it be a contraction of
It can be so that I have done it ?
The same with
I could have done it = It could be so that I had done it
Or these ...
I am stuck with perfect infinitive:
I could have done = I had a posisibility to do but I didn't
Then conversely it should mean
I couldn't have done = I didn't have a posisibility to do but I did it ...
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 ...
"You shall attend the conference".
"You will attend the conference".
Is there any difference between them?
Please, explain the use of 'would' in this sentence
I'm only 36, but I feel like I'm too old to understand and explain certain expressions sometimes.. (since this is something younger people would ...
Person A: what would she be later on in life?
Person B: I'll tell you what she would be — she would be the mother of my children.
Person B: I'll tell you what she would be — she will be the ...
I know my dream is absurd and that I must face reality. So, I'm studying English now like this. However, I can still imagine me singing and dancing on a stage.
I know my dream is absurd and that I ...
Is there a phrase to take it [somehow] which says something like to interpret it/utilize some information in one's own way?
I have found 1 mention of the phrase about which I'm not sure if it is ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
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 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 ...
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 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,