Modal Verbs

Modal verbs in english, can, could, may, might, must, should, will;


Modal Verbs



CAN Ability I can speak Spanish.
Permission Can I go to bathroom?
Probability It can’t be Mark. He is in London.
COULD Past ability He could speak French when he was 6 years old.
Past permission He could go to theater.
Probability (40%) It could get much hotter in July.
Request I could lend you my notebook.
MAY Probability(50%) It may snow tomorrow.
Permission May I come in?
MIGHT Probability (35% or less) It might rain today.
MUST Prohibition You mustn’t speak loudly. It is hospital.
Deduction/probability(100%) The teacher must be Mark. I’ve seen his bicycle outside.
SHOULD Advice You shouldn’t smoke. It is unhealthy.
WILL Prediction I think he will study harder this time.
Spontaneous decision Oh, it’s very hot today. I’II open the window.



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