Let’s explore Modal Verbs!
Modal verbs in the English language contain only a handful of verbs, but they have specific usage and help us express our speech appropriately.
In this post, we will be talking about modal verbs in the English language in a much detailed manner.
If we go by the definition, then modal verbs can be deemed as helping verbs.
They include verbs such as,
When teamed up with other verbs, they can indicate ability, possibility, obligation, and other sentiments as well.
Now, there are a few rules when it comes to using modal verbs. By adhering to these rules, you can make your writing effective and grammatically correct.
But before that, we must get into the modal verb rules.
Let’s check an example.
English is not my mother tongue, but I can speak it fluently.
Here, ‘can’ is used to help the main verb ‘speak’ and express the ability to speak. Hence, ‘can’ is a modal verb.
Let’s look at a few examples of modals.
It is used to express ability.
It is also used to ask permission
It can express possibility and also used to ask permission
It can express obligation or even a strong belief
To give some advice
It is used to request or offer something
One of the most interesting things about modal verbs is that they don’t change their forms, and they even don’t have any participle or infinitive forms either.
They are always dependent on other verbs to denote the various tenses.
Like, for instance:
Also, since modals are auxiliary verbs themselves, they don’t need a second auxiliary to form questions or form a negative sentence. Like for example:
Check out modal verb worksheets for practice.
Now, let’s look at the various uses of modals and their rules with the help of some examples.
To express willingness
Used in a negative sense can indicate the improbability of something.
To express the ability to do or performing something
To seek permission for doing something particularly
To suggest something
To make a request for something
To oblige or ask something politely
To identify the present possibilities
To indicate future possibilities depending on the present task
Can express future possibility
For expressing/ seeking permission in formal situations
For expressing present and future possibilities
To seek permission in a formal tone.
To indicate a possibility
For commanding and impose obligations
For making conjecture with some certainty
To prohibit something
To command respectfully
To say polite question/ request/ permission in American English
Offering help to someone
To suggest something
In British English, they can represent I and We
Used in legal or formal situations
To convey idea
Negative modal verb
Is used as the certainty of the future or the past
Promising or treating
For reassuring or making a decision
For semi-formal request making
Expressing interest or willingness
For intention expressing
To express a habit of behavior
For making a prediction
This one is used in English grammar as a modal verb to indicate a stronger sense of obligation or intensity for expressing situations where you would normally use “should”.
So, there you have it, all the details regarding the use of modal verbs, definition, and use along with examples.
If you have any queries, feel free to mention that in the comments section.