Skills

Levels

Simple Modals

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Suggested words:

Will


(in future tense)


I will be there.



(in requests)


Will you do it for me?

Won't


(negative of will)


No, I won't.

Can


(to indicate ability)


I can do it.



(in requests)


Can you help me?



(informally to ask permission)


Can I use your phone?

Can't


(negative form of can)


No, you can't.

May


(to indicate possibility)


I may go to New York.



(to ask permission)


May I help you?

Could


(to indicate past ability)


He could play cards well.



(to indicate possibility)


I could give you a ride.



(in requests)


Could you open the door please?



(to ask permission)


Could I use your restroom?

Couldn't


(negative past tense)


I couldn't help it.

Should


(to express obligation)


I should go to the wedding.



(to conjecture)


He should be in Miami by now.

Shouldn't


(negative suggestions)


You shouldn't do that.

See also :

Grammar : Basic Modals

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Last updated: 15 February, 2010 02:43:16