Verbs (Modal) 01
"Shall I make a cup of tea?" In this sentence the word "shall" is a modal verb because it helps the verb "make".

Verbs (Modal) 01

In the world of English, modal verbs such as 'can', 'will', 'shall', 'may', 'ought' and 'must' help main verbs, for example: 'he can run fast.' The verb is 'run' and the modal verb is 'can'.

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  1. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
    I will receive my exam results later and Amy might too.
  2. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
    Should we call him? He might still be at home.
    'Might' gives the sense of 'perhaps'
  3. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
    May I borrow this book please? I will read it tonight.
  4. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
    I will see you next week; you must come when you can.
    Modal verbs imply the future here
  5. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
    Can you pass me the salt please? I might need it.
    Modals can make your speech/writing more polite
  6. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
    They might not go to the wedding but I might go.
    Use modals to change tone and effect in writing
  7. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
    I must go to the wedding and you ought to go too.
    'Must' is very definite; use it for a commanding tone
  8. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
    I will see my cousins tomorrow; I might see my aunt too.
    Modals can be used to imply the future
  9. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
    When can we meet? I must do my homework first.
    Modals help the verbs 'meet'/'do' here
  10. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
    Would you like a cup of tea? I'd like coffee please.
    Modals make the sense polite, not just 'coffee please!'

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