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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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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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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what is the difference “might be able to” and “might have to”?

What is the difference "might be able to" and "might have to"? Tell me about your problem. I might be able to help you. I'm not free this evening, but I might be able to meet you ...
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Does “would have submitted” (modal and past participle) have any sense of perfect aspect?

I've always thought like that 'have' between a modal and a past participle is nothing but a grammatical method of indicating the past tense of modal. But recently I saw a video saying that in the ...
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Modal +have+past participal can work as present perfect?

Can we use modal+have+past participal for a current events like we use present perfect for present moment. Which one is correct? Just see that car, his father must have bought it for him. Just see ...
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Is saying “couldn't have” here incorrect?

This is the original sentence: According to the police, it’s impossible that the prisoner escaped without help from the outside. This is the transformation that's given as correct: The police ...
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“could” in the past referring to a single possibility/opportunity

I decided to create another question as this addresses another aspect of the topic I discussed in my related questions. I know that in general, "could" is not used to describe a specific possibility ...
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The mayor has decided to build an amusement park because it (would/will) attract many tourists

Is "would" correct in the following? If so, how does it differ from "will"? The mayor has decided to build an amusement park because it would / will attract many tourists. I'd appreciate your help....
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Can We Use Modal Verbs Could / would for future events?

Can We Use Modal Verbs for future events? My examples are as follows, Could: Can you tell me how could we recover this amount from him in the next month? Would: Can you tell me would it be ...
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The use of “would” as the future in the past

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 ...
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Struggling with meaning of would

What does it even mean? They all called me "little dude" now—even the jocks. These big dudes I barely even knew before would knuckle-punch me in the hallways now. Imaginary situation? Habits? ...
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“can” VS 'could"

Although there are weeks of negotiations ahead, and perhaps setbacks and new surprises, leaders of both parties are optimistic that their differences can be resolved. Although there are weeks of ...
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Modals of Probability and Possibility

A: Rita's sneezing again. B: Yes, she _________ a terrible cold. (must have / must be having / must have had) My answer for this is: Yes, she "must have" a terrible cold. In my opinion, "must be ...
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Modal and tenses: if only+before, would have+by now

Let's say you have regretted that you didn't read books before, as a result you have a very minimal understanding about life at your present state. And you say: If only I had read many books before,...
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What's the meaning of the word “would” here?

The War Chief believes that this raid upon the unsuspecting prison will strike terror into the hearts of those who would dare resist the Horde. Having been struggling with it, would is the most ...
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How does “would” work in a sentence: The best choice would be…?

In the sentence "the best choice would be...", what does "would" mean in the following sentence? Questioner: Is this sentence correct? 'Finished eating, we went to the zoo'. Answer: I'm ...
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How to report the behavior of the user of the program in a scenario?

Suppose I want to report the behavior of a user of my program in the comment of code. in this case, the user may be changing his opinion of choosing an action based on something and this behavior ...
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What’s the meaning of “could” and “would” in this text explaining grammar rule?

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 ...
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Should I use conditional or not

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 ...
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future vs future continuous

The movie about the cursed child would have been made by 2020. Or The movie about the cursed child would be made by 2020. I want to know which of the sentences will hold good if the movie was to ...
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when to use “to” and when not?

I have a question. Its about the "to" usage in the English. So. Instead of "Can someone to help me ?" we are saying "Can someone help me ?" but I never understood why we are doing it in such way. Also ...
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Double modals and Double modal dialects

As a second question linked to the Future Pluperfect Tense question. Can we use double modals the way it is introduced in this source? Are the following sentences possible in modern English? John ...
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An example is/would be

Which of the following two sentences is correct, and why? A good example of that phenomenon would be.... A good example of that phenomenon is.... What exactly are the differences between ...
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Modals and Verbs for obligations and advice

must, should, need, have to, and have got to Are all these sentences correct to say? We must work to earn money. We should work to earn money. We need to work to earn money. We have to work to ...
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Please justify the use of “would” here

I've been told that we can't use would for future events(expect in conditional sentences). But I have encountered many situations where native speakers use would to express future possibilities. Like ...
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Using “no longer” with future events: simple, progressive, or passive?

Which of the following sentences is correct? Simple: You will no longer work your Friday shift. Progressive: You will be no longer working your Friday shift. Passive: You will no longer be worked ...
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Would be Vs Will be

With India administering 30_40 lakh doses dialy, this suggests that existing stocks would be available for 10_13 days, though there is a considerable variation within the states in the number of doses ...
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Conflicting feedback on my paraphrase: “on the grounds that X should be shared with Y” = “so that X [would/could] be shared with Y”

This is not a question about the meaning of "could" and "would". This is a question about which word fits the context. I got conflicting remarks on my paraphrase of a few sentences. I am not sure ...
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What is the difference between “ required” and “ need” ? And which is the right place/situation to use this?

Usually when I talk and write a mail I am doubtful to use " required" or " need" for the situation. please help me clear understanding of the place and situation to use it properly. Thanks in advance.
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Which of the following sentences is correct? And what is the striking contrast among them?

Which of the following sentences is correct? And what is the striking contrast among them? 1) The richer you are , the happier you can be. 2) The richer you are, the happier you will be. ...
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“May I borrow your notebooks? They 'will' help me understand the subject more.” Why we use “will” there?

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. Example 1: May I borrow your notebooks? ...
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Negation of sentences containing modals and auxiliary verbs

This question drew my attention to something that seems perfectly clear to native English speakers, but leaves English learners bewildered. When you negate a sentence containing a modal or an ...
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I will be able to cook

Here (https://poligo.com/en/articles/grammar/when-use-can-or-be-able-ability) it was written: If you mean "know how to", use "can": I can cook Can you speak French? There is a ...
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What are “will have” and “shall have”? How is “may have” used?

Firstly, I want to know whether will have and shall have are modal verbs, or do they have future perfect tenses, or both? If these are modal verbs, can I use them in both the past and present? ...
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Use and meaning of WOULD

Could you please explain me what is the use and the meaning of WOULD in this sentence? “It’s very odd that he WOULD HAVE BEHAVED rudely to you”. Thank you! Francesca
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will and would differences

1). Without my coach it wouldn't be possible. 2). Without my coach it will not be possible. What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences??? I Know that "would" is used in ...
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Is it correct to use “should have” in the following situation?

I made up the situation: A and B are boxers. A is superior to B. A fought B, A lost. A must have been jet-lagged so A lost. If everything was ok, A would have won. Would it be correct to say: A ...
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modal: can only

"Can" can indicate possibility as well as ability. I'm investigating when "can" can indicate possibility. Is the following use of "can only" correct? A: John is shouting. Can he be angry? B: ...
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should vs. ought to vs have to vs must for predictions

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 ...
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To use “be” or not to use “be”

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?
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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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Should do vs should have to do

Do they both have the same meaning? You should do that. You should have to do that.
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Can we use the format “must be happened”?

Can we use these sentences like 1. Solar eclipse 'must be happened' today. 2. If that happens then it 'must be occurred' at east. Are they correct ones 'must be happened' and 'must be occurred'? Or ...
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Help with verb tense and modality differences among 'Whenever he'd knock, he was greeted' variations

Whenever he'd knock on people's doors, requesting them to let him spend the night at their place, he'd be greeted with unfriendly faces. Whenever he'd knock on people's doors, requesting them to let ...
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Possibility with should/could/must/might

Please share your thoughts about the following. I am having trouble understanding why almost everyone here https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/245059/correct-modal-verb chooses "could". One ...
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Using “would” multiple times in a sentence?

Is it OK to use "would" this many times in a sentence? "I remember how I would always wish the creative writing class to end quickly so that I wouldn't have to show the teacher what I wrote."

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