Modal verbs – a handy summary
Modal verbs are often troublesome to many students. First of all, you must rememeber that all but ought & have require no preposition with the following verb. Secondly, as it is true for modal verbs, they do not need any operators to create questions or negative statements. Although we have a small number of modal verbs they can express multiple states and intentions. Below I present almost all possible meanings they can bear in sencences. In my research for a good grammar explanation of modal verbs usage I found a perfect summary in Grammarway by Jenny Dooley and Virginia Evans. It is still available on Amazon. Just click the picture.
At some time of your English education you must have come across one of the books attributed to these English gurus. The following theory was organized in the order they propose, but the examples are mine.
Below the article you will find a link to an interactive exercise on modal verbs. You can also download this exercise in .pdf format to print out and do at home.
Here is the list of meanings of any modal verbs you might use: Continue reading “Modal verbs” »