Types of Modal Verbs

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 are of two types: Primary Auxiliary Verbs and Modal Auxiliary Verbs. Following is a detailed discussion about the types of Modal Verbs.

Types of Modal Verbs

Types of Modal Verbs


Modal Auxiliary Verbs are can, may, shall, will, must, ought to, used to, need, and dare. They do not have-s’ forms or -ed participles.

Can, may, shall, will, have special past forms (could, might, should, would), but the remainder (such as must) do not.

MODALSFUNCTIONSEXAMPLES
Willasking
possibility
suggestion
Will you go to school?
It will rain today.
You will not keep late hours at night before the exam.
WouldrequestingWould you give me a pen?
Shallasking
possibility
Shall I do the work?
I hope I shall complete the project within a week.
Shouldsuggest
seeking advice
You should walk a mile in the morning.
Should we go for a walk?
Canability
possibility
The boy can speak English fluently.
We can hold a condolence meeting for his death this Sunday.
Couldability
requesting
He could do the sum.
Could you help me to solve the problem?
Maypossibility
permission
offering
He may come here today.
May I come in?
May I get you a cup of tea?
Mightpossibility
suggestion
His statement might be true.
You might just as well go.
Mustobligation
certainty
strong probability
prohibition
You must obey your teacher.
Man must die one day.
You must be tired after a long journey.
We must not waste our time.
Darehave the courage
challenge
negative force
interrogation
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?
Needprohibition
interrogation
You need not (needn’t) come here.
Need he go there?
Used tohabitual action in the pastMy father used to teach me English.
Ought toobligation
strong likelihood
You ought to work hard.
The lawyer ought to be able to help you.

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Main and Helping Verbs

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Coordinating Conjunctions

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