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Modal Verbs


Modal verbs can alter the meaning of other verbs.

They can reflect the probability of whether or not something is going to happen.

The main modal verbs are,

Can, Could, Ought, May, Must, Might, Would,Will, Shall, Should


Modal verbs are finite verbs. They have a subject and can stand on their own.

For example,

That animal might be dangerous.
You must.

Remember, you SHOULD try to remember modal verbs!


Your Turn…

1. What is a modal verb?
A verb that suggests time
A verb that suggests place
A verb that suggests probability

2. Which group of words are modal verbs?
Could, would, should
Walk, run, jump
Be, have, do

3. Which of the following sentences uses a modal verb?
We are running today.
We might run later.
Are we running later?

4. Which of the following sentences uses a modal verb?
I may go to school next week.
I have been to school.
I am going to school now.

5. Which of the following sentences uses a modal verb?
I could help with that.
Do you want help?
I’m helping.

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