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Modal Verbs Conversation Questions, Use, and Examples

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Practice modal verbs with conversation questions, watch video explanation and study example sentences.

What are modal verbs? According to Merriam-Webster, a modal verb is a verb (such as can, could, shall, should, ought to, will, or would) that is usually used with another verb to express ideas such as possibility, necessity, and permission.

Modal verbs and their meanings.
Modal verbsMeaningExample
canability
permission
She can speak play several musical instruments.
They can work on the project now.
couldpolite request
past ability
suggestion
possibility
Could you help me, please?
He could climb trees when he was a kid.
You could focus on the problem now.
This could be the solution we need. 
maypossibility
permission
This may help us save the environment.
You may leave.
mightpossibilityThese numbers might be wrong.
willfuture
polite request
The prices will go up.
Will you open the door for me?
wouldoffering, inviting
polite request
Would you join us for dinner?
Would you check this report for me?
shouldadvising, suggesting
expectation
You should stop smoking.
It should start raining soon.
mustobligation, necessity
conclusion
You must submit the application by Friday.
This car looks luxurious. It must be very expensive.
mustn’tprohibition Passengers mustn’t talk to the driver.

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1) Is there anything you can’t do and would like to learn?

2) What are the three things you can do best?

3) Name three things you may do this weekend.

4) Name three things you may not do at school.

5) Should students be allowed to eat during lessons? Why or why not?

6) Name two things you must do every day.

7) Name two things you mustn’t do at home.

8) What activities couldn’t you do last year because of the pandemic?

9) Name three things you could do when you were younger but can’t do anymore.

10) Is there anything you can do better than your parents?


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