10 examples of modals, Definition and Example Sentences

10 examples of modals, Definition and Example Sentences






Here are English Modals Table and Example Sentences

1. CAN

Ability, doubt, astonishment, permission, Polite request

Example Sentences;

  • can play the football.
  • Can I go out tonight?

2. MAY

Permission, if not prohibition, supposition with doubt

Example Sentences;

  • It may rain tomorrow.
  • May I go to the bathroom?

3. MUST

Obligation, firm necessity, logical conclusion, probability

Example Sentences;

  • He must be her brother.
  • You must study today.

4. SHALL

intention, supposition

Example Sentences;

  • You shall pay on Saturday.
  • Shall I help you?





5. WILL

Wish, desire, will, confidence, in the future

Example Sentences;

  • I will give you a gift.
  • I have asked him but he will not come.

6. OUGHT TO

Moral duty, insistent advice, strict recommendation

Example Sentences;

  • I ought not to go out today.
  • You oughn’t to tell lies.

7. NEED

(un)necessity

Example Sentences;

  • I need to talk to her.
  • You needn’t buy a gift for me.

8. BE TO

Obligation arising out of arrangement or agreement

 

9. HAVE TO

Unwillingness, forced circumtances

Example Sentence;

  • have to wait.

10. WOULD

Wish (with “to like”), polite request, a habit of the past

Example Sentences;

  • would play the tennis when I was a child.
  • How about going to the circus tonight? It would so funny.
  • We are going to breakfast. Would you come? Yes, I would.

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