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The Different Modal Auxiliaries and Their Usages

Grade 5
Aug 7, 2023
  • When used with the main verb, modal auxiliaries can communicate probability, permission, ability, necessity, etc.
  • They support the primary verb’s activity without actually participating.
  • There are nine modal auxiliaries: can, could, shall, should, may, might, must, will, and would.
  • Modal auxiliaries typically separate nouns and verbs.
  • Everybody needs to communicate their feelings verbally. In daily life, modal auxiliaries are used to accomplish this.
  • In a grammatically sound phrase, modal auxiliaries are extremely important. Certain emotions, moods, and possibilities are indicated via modal auxiliaries.
  • Can is employed to show ability, ask for permission, inquire if something is possible or not, and request.
  • Can, can also indicate some action that might happen in the future.
  • We use ‘can’ to frame a question or give suggestions.
  • Could describe a possibility or ability that existed in the past.
  • It can also describe something we would like to occur but is not truly feasible.
  • It can be used in a situation in which an activity has a chance to happen but doesn’t.
  • May is frequently used to indicate that something might occur immediately.
  • May is used to requesting something politely or asking for anything.
  • Might is used to describe an action with a high probability of occurring.
  • Might is also used to describe a possible future action.
  • ‘Must’ is a helpful verb used to give someone orders.
  • It can also communicate a sense of commitment to someone.
  • Another meaning of the word ‘must’ is to advise someone.
  • Shall is used to depict an action that will occur in the future.
  • To indicate determination, we use ‘shall.’
  • When giving advice or making suggestions, the helping verb ‘should’ is used.
  • ‘Should’ can also be used to express a probable situation.
  • The word ‘will’ refers to an action that may occur shortly.
  • We often use ‘will’ to request information about future actions.
  • ‘Will’ can be used to make a request.
  • It describes an event or scenario that will undoubtedly occur.
  • When used in a question statement, would is used to make a polite request.
  • ‘Would’ describes a current state or event that may or may not be true.
  • Another way to use ‘would’ is to refer to a habit or activity that one used to do in the past.
  • The modal auxiliaries are distinct from the primary auxiliaries.
  • Like the various forms of ‘be,’ ‘do,’ and ‘have.’

These terms are sometimes employed with modal auxiliaries.



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