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Introduction: All the auxiliary verbs except be, do and have are called modals. Unlike other auxiliary verbs, modals only exist in their helping form; they cannot act alone as the main verb in a sentence.

The modal verbs are: Can, Could, May, Might, Must, Shall, Should, Ought to, Will, Would

Uses of Modal Verbs 

 Model Example Use
 Can

 They can control own budgets.
 We can't fix it can I smoke here?
 Can you help me?

Ability/possibility /inability /impossibility asking for permission request
 Could

 Could I borrow your dictionary?
 Could you say it again more slowly?
 We could try to fix it ourselves.
 I think we could have another gulf war.
 He gave up his old job so he could work for us

 Asking for permission
 Request
 Suggestion
 Future possibility
 Ability in the past

 May

 May I have another cup of coffee?
 China may become a major economic power

 Asking for permission
 Future possibility

 Might

 We'd better phone tomorrow, they might be eating their dinner now
 They might give us a 10% discount

 Present possibility
 Future possibility

 Must

 We must say good bye now.
 They mustn't disrupt the work more than necessary 

 Necessity / Obligation
 Prohibition

 Ought to  We ought to employ a professional writer. Saying what's right or correct
 Shall

 Shall I help you with your luggage?
 Shall we say 2.30 then?
 Shall I do that or will you?

 Offer
 Suggestion
 Asking what to do

 Should

 We should short out this problem at once.
 I think we should check every thing again.
 Profits should increase next year.

 Saying what's right or correct recommending action uncertain prediction
 Will

 I can't see any taxis so I'// walk.
 I' // do that for you if you like.
 I'// get back to you first thing on Monday.
 Profits will increase next year.

 Instant decisions
 Offer Promise
 Certain prediction

 Would

 Would you mind if I brought a colleague with me?
 Would you mind waiting a moment
 Would three o' clock suit you? ' - ' That'd be fine.'
 Would you like to play golf this Friday?
 'Would you prefer tea or coffee ?'-'I'd like tea please 

 Asking for permission
 Request
 Request
 Making arrangements
 Invitation
 Preferences

Modals express the mood a verb, such as ability, possibility, necessity, or another condition. They are used with a main verb to form a sentence or a question. Models are not conjugated, have no tense, and cannot be used without a main verb.
When used with modal verbs (except ought), main verbs always remain in the Infinitive with out to.

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