Modals in Engish Grammar
|Modals are used with other verbs to express the obligation, possibility, ability and so on. Modals in English grammar are: Can, must, might, will, would, should. Let's learn their use.
Use of Can and Could
Can: can expresses possibility or permission in the present time.
Example: Can I come in? or Can you pass me the ball?
Could: Could is used to express the ability or permission in the past.
Example: I could speak confidently. Or could you please wait a moment?
Use of May, Might and Must
May: May is used to giving a polite suggestion, a possibility, or to seek permission do something in the present.
Example: May I help you?
Might: Might is used when there is a rare possibility of something or when we make a hesitant offer.
Example: It’s a little cloudy, it might rain today.
Must: Must is used to force something or when something is necessary. Also when we make a strong recommendation.
Example: You must watch the new film of Akshay Kumar.
Use of Shall and Should
Shall: Shall is used for a polite suggestion.
Example: Shall I join you for the meeting?
Should: Should is used for giving an advice or to explain an obligation.
Example: The weather is really bad, you should drive carefully.
Use of Will and Would
Will: Will is used to making a request or a demand. It is also used to make a promise or to give a prompt decision.
Example: Will you please shut the door? Or I will start exercising from tomorrow.
Would: Would is used to express the habits in the past.
Example: Sometimes he would take us out for dinners.