Modal Verbs List and Using in English

Modal Verbs List and Using in English


Modal Verbs List and Using in English


CANAbility, doubt, astonishment, permission, Polite request
MAYPermission, if not prohibition, supposition with doubt
MUSTObligation, firm necessity, logical conclusion, probability
SHALLintention, supposition
WILLWish, desire, will, confidence, in the future




Modal Verbs List and Using

OUGHT TOMoral duty, insistent advice, strict recommendation
NEED(un)necessity
BE TOObligation arising out of arrangement or agreement
HAVE TOUnwillingness, forced circumtances
WOULDWish (with “to like”), polite request, a habit of the past
SHOULDNecessity, advice, blame, recommendation, reproach, regret
USED TORepeated action in the past