Hello again students. In past weeks we have been working with modal verbs. As you have seen, they are very useful and important, but sometimes confusing.

If you still have doubts about them, here you have a list of the most common and their meanings:

 

Modal Meaning Example
can

 

to express ability

 

can speak Spanish.

 

can

 

to request permission

 

Can I close the door?

 

may

 

to express possibility

 

may be there next week.

 

may

 

to request permission

 

May I borrow your pen, please?

 

must

 

to express obligation

 

must call the doctor.

 

must

 

to express strong belief

 

She must be over 90 years old.

 

should

 

to give advice

 

You should play guitar more often if you want to become a good guitar player.

 

would

 

to request or offer

 

Would you like a glass of water?

 

would

 

in if-sentences

 

If I were you, I would call now to buy the tickets.

 

 

And now, for you to keep improving your skills with modal verbs, this is a game where you can practise them:

 

http://eslgamesworld.com/members/games/grammar/New_Snakes_%20Ladders/Mixed_Modals.html

Have fun!