GRAMMAR – Modal Verbs

  • Tom can write poetry very well. (Ability)
  • Lisa can’t speak French. (Lack of ability)
  • When I was a child I could climb trees. ( Past ability)
  • Can you lend me ten dollars? (Request, informal)
  • Could I have your number? (Request, polite)
  • You may start your exam now. (Permission, formal)
  • Our company might get the order if the client agrees to the price. (Possibility)
  • Shall we go for a walk? (Suggestion, polite)
  • You should check that document before you send it out. (Advice)
  • You must have a passport to cross the border. (Necessity)
  • May I sit here? (Request)

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