Flashcards on Modal Verbs

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What are modal verbs?

Modal verbs are auxiliary verbs that express the speaker's attitude toward the action, indicating possibility, necessity, ability, permission, request, or willingness.

What are some examples of modal verbs?

Can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will, would.

What does the modal verb 'can' express?

Ability, possibility, permission.

What does the modal verb 'could' express?

Past ability, possibility, polite request.

What does the modal verb 'may' express?

Possibility, permission.

What does the modal verb 'might' express?

Possibility, permission, polite suggestion.

What does the modal verb 'must' express?

Necessity, obligation, deduction.

What does the modal verb 'shall' express?

Future intention, suggestion.

What does the modal verb 'should' express?

Advice, suggestion, obligation.

What does the modal verb 'will' express?

Future intention, prediction.

What does the modal verb 'would' express?

Past habit, preference, polite request.

What is the negative form of 'can'?

Cannot or can't.

What is the negative form of 'must'?

Must not or mustn't.

What is the negative form of 'will'?

Will not or won't.

What is the difference between 'may' and 'might'?

'May' is more certain than 'might'. 'May' indicates a higher degree of possibility, while 'might' suggests a lower degree of possibility.

What are modal verbs?

Modal verbs are auxiliary verbs that express the speaker's attitude toward the action, indicating possibility, necessity, ability, permission, request, or willingness.

What are some examples of modal verbs?

Can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will, would.

What does the modal verb 'can' express?

Ability, possibility, permission.

What does the modal verb 'could' express?

Past ability, possibility, polite request.

What does the modal verb 'may' express?

Possibility, permission.

What does the modal verb 'might' express?

Possibility, permission, polite suggestion.

What does the modal verb 'must' express?

Necessity, obligation, deduction.

What does the modal verb 'shall' express?

Future intention, suggestion.

What does the modal verb 'should' express?

Advice, suggestion, obligation.

What does the modal verb 'will' express?

Future intention, prediction.

What does the modal verb 'would' express?

Past habit, preference, polite request.

What is the negative form of 'can'?

Cannot or can't.

What is the negative form of 'must'?

Must not or mustn't.

What is the negative form of 'will'?

Will not or won't.

What is the difference between 'may' and 'might'?

'May' is more certain than 'might'. 'May' indicates a higher degree of possibility, while 'might' suggests a lower degree of possibility.

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