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martes, 8 de abril de 2014
English: Modal Verbs
Is this sentence correct?
"I would do what a man can to save you from sorrow."
We know that modal verbs are not followed by "
". However, if the meaning is "
in order to
", it is correct.
He uses the verb can
talk about possibility. (in order to)
Her sister was doing all she could
pass her exam. (in order to)
Can, could, might, may, must, should, will, would and shall
These are some
They are not followed by ‘to’.
Wrong: I must to play.
Correct: I must play.
Do not use two modal verbs together:
Wrong: I will can...
Correct: I will be able to...
They do not have "s":
Wrong: He musts...
Correct: He must..
They do not need an additional auxiliary in negatives or questions:
Wrong: do you can....?
Correct: Can you....?
Modal: Meaning --> Example
to express ability --> We can speak English.
can: to request permission --> Can I use your pen, please?
may: to express possibility --> I may pass this test.
may: to request permission --> May I speak, please?
must: to express obligation --> I must wear the seat belt.
must: to express strong belief --> She must be really rich.
should: to give advice --> She should start working.
would: to request or offer --> Would you like a glass of wine?
would: in if-sentences --> If I were you, I would go now.
The sentece: "I would do what a man can to save you from sorrow." is from the book "Dracula" by Bram Stoker.
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