In this English grammar lesson you will learn how we use modal verbs in English
We use modal verbs when we talk about:
I can't answer the phone at the moment. My hands are dirty.
I could swim when I was three years old.
You must have seen him. He was standing right next to you.
obligation and necessity
You should/ought to call your mother more often.
You must wear a seatbelt when travelling by car.
May I go to the bathroom?
May I use your phone to call home?
I finish work at 7pm so I might be late for dinner.
You can't go to a night club. You are only 16 years old.
We also use modal verbs when we request things
Could you close the door? It's cold.
and when we suggest things or make an offer.
Shall we take your car to the party?
We don't use modal verbs with 'to'...
I must go now.
and questions with 'do'
Must we go now?
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