Modal verbs

  • 12 дек. 2010 г.
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Modal auxiliary verbs
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We use the modal verbs can, may, must inthe English language to express various meanings - ability, possiblity, permission, attitudes, opinions, etc.

Modal (auxiliary) verb CAN
1. Can is used to describe the ability to do something. Ican swim very well. Can he can speak English fluently? - No, he can't. We cannot sing at all! 2. Can expresses the possibility to do something. We can go to the seaside at last. Our holidays start nextweek. 3. We use can to say that something is probable. It can be John. He has blond hair and he is wearing glasses. 4. Can expresses the permission to do something. Why not? You can marry her. She isa nice girl.

Modal (auxiliary) verb MAY
1. May is used for permissions. You may borrow my car. I won't need it. May I smoke here? - No, you can't, I'm sorry. 2. May is used for expressingprobability or prediction. They may call tomorrow. I hope so. The main difference between may and can is in style. May is more formal than can. Can is typical of spoken English. 3. The opposite of may is mustnot or may not. May I smoke here? - You mustn't smoke here. (strong prohibition) - You may not smoke here. (more polite, very formal) - You can't smoke here. (informal spoken English)

Modal(auxiliary) verb MUST
1. Must is used for strong obligations. It is personal, because it shows the speaker's opinion or will. I must clean my teeth. I want to be healthy. You must go there. And do it rightnow! 2. Must expresses strong recommendation. You must see it. It's the best film I've ever seen. 3. We use must to express certainty of the speaker. They must be at school by now. It's already 9o'clock.

4. The opposite of must is need not. Mum, must I wash up? - No, you needn't. I've already done it. Must not has a different meaning. It is used to express prohibition that involves the...
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