Modal Verbs List and Using in English

Modal Verbs List and Using in English


Modal Verbs List and Using in English


CAN Ability, doubt, astonishment, permission, Polite request
MAY Permission, if not prohibition, supposition with doubt
MUST Obligation, firm necessity, logical conclusion, probability
SHALL intention, supposition
WILL Wish, desire, will, confidence, in the future




Modal Verbs List and Using

OUGHT TO Moral duty, insistent advice, strict recommendation
NEED (un)necessity
BE TO Obligation arising out of arrangement or agreement
HAVE TO Unwillingness, forced circumtances
WOULD Wish (with “to like”), polite request, a habit of the past
SHOULD Necessity, advice, blame, recommendation, reproach, regret
USED TO Repeated action in the past

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