There are different types of verbs that we regularly use. But which verbs do you use when asking for permission or while requesting something? The answer is modal verbs. Modal verbs are a set of verbs that are used whenever we need to make a request or ask permission to do something. In this article, we will learn about these modal verbs and discuss them in detail. We will also go through a few examples to get a better understanding of the uses of modals in English language.
Modal verbs in English
List of Some of the Modal Verbs in the English Language
The following is a list of commonly used modal verbs in English:
Can - This verb is used for expressing possibility, ability, to make a request, or to ask for permission. The negative form of this verb is ‘cannot’ or ‘can’t’.
Can you do me a favour?
Can I go to the cinema?
Can’t I take a leave?
We can arrange for a stereo if you need one.
Could you pass me the bottle?
I couldn’t walk for a week after the accident.
I could drive to drop you home.
May I go to the church tomorrow?
May I come along with you?
You may not visit the graveyard at night.
The game might have been cancelled due to rain.
You might find him at the mall.
I might not be able to visit you this summer.
I will come to the party in the evening.
He will not be available for a call after 11 p.m.
Would you be interested in a game of chess?
I would not make that choice if given an option.
Wouldn’t you want to be there tomorrow?
You shall not pass this gate.
I shall make you an offer.
We should stick together to get through this problem.
You should not go there alone at night.
You ought to be careful while you drive in the rain.
You ought not to worry about such problems as of now.
I must leave immediately.
Must you do this right now?
We must hurry or we might miss the train.
Modals are important to the English language and they must be learnt properly and a student must be able to use them appropriately when need be. They are easily used many times in daily conversations, and we often use them subconsciously. But it is also important to know what they are and how to use them properly.