English Modals Table and Example Sentences

English Modals Table and Example Sentences

English Modals Table and Example Sentences


Possibility Ability Permission Obligation Offers
CAN I can play the football. Can I go out tonight?
CAN’T He can’t be her father. He’s too young. I can’t speak French. Can I help you? No, you can’t.
MIGHT It might rain tomorrow.
COULD Mark could be the one who stole the money. I could already read when I was five. Could I borrow your book?
MAY It may rain tomorrow. May I go to the bathroom?
MUST He must be her brother. You must study today.
HAVE TO I have to wait.
SHALL You shall pay on Saturday. Shall I help you?
HAD BETTER I had better arrived earlier.

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