Modal Verbs List

Auxiliary Verbs are verbs that merely help principal verbs in the formation of various verb forms. Auxiliary verbs are important as structural verbs.

Auxiliary Verbs or helping verbs are of two types: Primary Auxiliary Verbs and Modal Auxiliary Verbs. In this post, we have added Modal Verbs List with examples.

Types of Modal Verbs
Modal Verbs Listcan, could, shall, should, will, would, may, might, must, dare, need, used to, ought to

Modal Verbs List With Examples

Shall / Will

  • Who will take this responsibility?
  • When shall we meet again?
  • When will the book be published?
  • Autumn will come after the monsoons.
  • He shall be twenty-five next Sunday.
  • The country will realize his nobility after his death,
  • Shall I take the book?
  • Which watch shall I buy?
  • Shall we go for a walk now?
  • Shall the man serve us breakfast now?
  • Will you take your tea with us today?
  • Will you allow me to use the telephone?
  • He will talk about nothing but food.
  • They will be watching TV for hours together.
  • That will be Satish who is knocking at the door.

May / Might

  • l may go.
  • He may succeed.
  • It may be true.
  • He might have been hurt.
  • He may have lost his book.
  • It might rain tomorrow morning.
  • I might go to the market.
  • He might have gone home yesterday.
  • He may not lend you money.
  • The man may not come this night.
  • I may see you if I can find the time.
  • The man might have got into the room any Moment.
  • You might have succeeded if you had tried a little harder.
  • He may take rice today. You may come in.
  • Yes, you may.
  • No, you may not.
  • May I take leave?
  • May I come in?
  • You may go home now.
  • May I get a cup of tea?
  • May I go out, sir?
  • May I help you?
  • You might use my pen.
  • Might I ask you for a favour?
  • I told him that he might see me in
  • Might I ask you
  • May you live long.
  • May you be happy.
  • May ruin seize them. May you prosper.
  • May God help you.
  • May God bless you.
  • May his soul rest in peace.
  • May you be happy forever, my son.
  • May thy wish be fulfilled through my life.

Can / Could

  • I can walk.
  • You cannot read.
  • Hari can write.
  • Birds can fly.
  • Yes, he can.
  • No, he cannot.
  • Can he swim?
  • He can do it easily.
  • You could do the work.
  • Can you play chess?
  • I tried as best I could.
  • The dumb cannot speak.
  • We cannot do without him.
  • We cannot live without water.
  • You could do this if you tried.
  • He can read English very well.
  • I cannot walk as fast as you.
  • This pot can hold a litre of milk.
  • I could not stand such an insult.
  • He was so weak that he could not walk.
  • I could not pick him up in the crowd.
  • If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
  • Dulal could not come to school yesterday on account of his illness.
  • I know who can do the job well and who could do it better.
  • Could you lend me your pen?
  • Could you come to my office?
  • Could you help me with some money?
  • Could you drop my letter into the letter?
  • Could you not help him in this matter?
  • Could you come to take tea at my home this evening?


  • I must go.
  • Go I must.
  • He must have gone.
  • He must be a liar.
  • You must do this.
  • You must not tell a lie.
  • You must be a rich man.
  • You must have been absent.
  • Must we weep forever?
  • We must obey the laws.
  • We must go to school every day.
  • We must do our duty.
  • You must have seen an aeroplane.
  • The man must be dead by this time.
  • You must take him to the hospital.
  • We must abide by the will of God.
  • We must on no account allow him to escape.
  • I must finish this work before sunset.
  • You must have heard the name Rabindranath.
  • What cannot be cured must be endured.
  • He must have been promoted to class IX by this time.
  • The man must be mad or how could he say this?

Should / Would

  • He would bathe in the river.
  • We should not sleep during the daytime.
  • Should you excuse my fine, I shall be happy.
  • We should obey our parents.
  • Bimal would read twelve hours a day.
  • Would you please lend me a rupee?
  • Would you please tell me the time?
  • I should be glad to see you.
  • We should not laugh at a lame man.
  • Should I put a little more sugar in your tea?
  • He would often sit up very late at night.
  • I would sometimes sit idle for hours,

Ought to

  • We ought to obey our parents.
  • We ought not to laugh at a lame man.
  • You should have (or, ought to have) taken his permission beforehand.
  • You should not (of, ought not to) quarrel with your friend.
  • He should have (or, ought to have) warned the boy from before.
  • You should have (or, ought to have) come back before dark.


  • He dare not say so. (not dares’)
  • I dare you to prove that you’ve said so.
  • He dare not follow you.
  • Who dares to enter the room?
  • I dare to say that you are a liar.
  • He dare not speak of the incident openly.
  • I dared or durst not enter the room. Or, I did not dare to enter the room.
  • Trisna dare not come to me.
  • Parag dared insult me to my face.
  • Sugata durst (or, dared) not do this.
  • I dare not insult him.
  • How dare he argue with you?
  • Dare he behaves badly towards my guests?
  • Arjuna dared Karna to a duel.
  • Bhima dared Duryodhana to fight with clubs.
  • Being defeated the other day, he does not dare me to fight with him anymore.
  • I dare (defy) death,
  • I can dare any danger.
  • I shall dare him to fight with me.
  • Saurav has dared Donald to fight with him on the field.


  • Need he go?
  • You need not apply.
  • Bijan need not go there.
  • We need not do this work.
  • You need not trouble yourself.
  • Rumpita need not come here anymore.
  • You need not have waited so long.
  • Rohit need not worry.
  • You need not have bothered so much about this trivial matter.
  • I need not have bought it.
  • Need I write (a letter) to him?
  • I need your help.

Used to

  • He used to play football when he was at school.
  • I used to live here when I was a boy.
  • He used to walk every morning when he was in Kolkata.
  • I used to go to school by tramcars.
  • In our childhood, we used to sing religious hymns in the morning.
  • Raghu used to wake us every morning.
  • I used to do physical exercise in my boyhood.
  • When at school I used to do sums every day.
  • When living in the village, we used to bathe in the tank.

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Also, Read

Main Verbs and Helping Verbs

Main and Helping Verbs

24 Auxiliary Verbs List

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Illative Conjunctions

Illative Conjunctions

Examples of Coordinating Conjunctions

Coordinating Conjunctions

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