Modal Verbs | Meaning of Modal Verbs | Examples Modal Verbs

However, the modal is the type of the auxiliary verb. It is being used in order to express the ability, possibility, permission or obligation. Moreover, the modal phrases as well as the modal semi modals are generally used in order to express the same things as modals, but are a combination of auxiliary verbs and the preposition to. The different modals as well as semi modals are:

  1. Can/could/be able to
  2. May/might
  3. Shall/should
  4. Must/have to
  5. Will/would

Thus, these are the various different modals as well as the semi modals.

For example:

  • If you want you can go there.
  • He will bring food for us.
  • Would you like to come with us?
  • We shall go and meet them.
  • You should be able to handle this project on your own.

Structure with Modal Verbs:

However, the modal verb is being followed by the another verb in the base form (the infinitive without the ‘To’). Moreover, generally they are not conjugated (we don’t add an ‘S’ in third person). Go through this structure to learn more about this.

Subject + Modal Verb + Verb (base form of the infinitive)

For example:

  • He can complete his work on hid own. ‘
  • She can speak Spanish.
  • We can go there.

Modal Verbs in Negative Sentences:

Subject + Modal Verb + not + Verb (base form of the infinitive)

For example:

  • You must not disobey your elders.
  • We cannot plan a trip for the picnic.
  • You should not be late go there.

However, in these examples you can see that the contractions of the Modal verb + not are normally possible. Thus, the negative of can is cannot (‘not’ is joined to ‘can’) and the contraction is can’t.

Modal Verbs in Questions:

In order to make the sentences in the question form you are required to follow this structure.

Modal Verb + Subject + Verb (base form of the infinitive)

For example:

  • Can you please give me one glass of the water?
  • Would you like join us for the trip?
  • May I help you in this project?