Use of Modals
Category : 6th Class
Use of shall/will
Generally "shall" is used with "I and we" and will is used with the rest.
I shall by buy a laptop.
You will go to market.
If a sentence refers to
(5) Threat in which case "shall" is used in place of "will" and "will is used in place of "shall".
I will help you (Promise or willingness)
I will kill you (Threat)
Nobody shall touch this book without my permission (Threat)
Use of Should
(i) "Should" is used for any active suggestion
You should work sincerely
Work hard lest you should fail.
(ii) "Should" is used for opinion
Which work should I do first?
(iii) "Should" is used for duty or obligation
I should be at work now.
One should wear seat best while driving
(iv) "Should" is used for probability or expectation
He should be here soon.
Steve should have submitted the report.
Used of would
(i) "Would" is used for past
Example: He would go for a walk when he was young.
(ii) "Would" is used for polite request
Example: Would you like to take a cup of coffee or tea?
(iii) In indirect sentence 'would' is used as part of "will"
Direct: He said, "He will come".
Indirect: He said that he would come.
(iv) "Would" is used to express opinion or hope
Example: I would like to inform you about it
(V) "Would" is used for wish
Example: I wish I would be a successful man
Use of Can
(i) "Can" is used to show power
The ambassador can give you visa.
(ii) "Can" is used to show ability
I can solve this sum.
(iii) "Can" is used to show possibility
Anyone can speak English?
(iv) "Can" is used to take/ give permission
Can I sit here
You can go now.
(V) "Can" is used for polite request
Can you do me a favour?
(VI) "Can" is used to show nature
He can speak the truth.
Use of Could
"Could" is the past form of "can"
(i) "Could" is used to show possibility in past
I could win the race last year
(ii) "I could" is used to show ability in past
She could speak English when she was young
(iii) "Could" is used for polite request
Could you tell me the way to the nearest post office?
Use of May
(i) "May" is used for formal permission
May I come in sir?
May I borrow your pen?
(ii) "May" is used to show possibility
It may rain today
Death may come any time
Use of Might
(i) "Might" is used for weak possibility
(ii) "Might" is used for past possibility
She might have attended the meeting
Use of Must
(i) "Must" is used for necessity and obligation.
I must attend the class
(ii) "Must" is used for compulsion
You must obey the rules of your country
(iii) "Must" is used for emphatic advice
You must not miss the class
Use of Need To
(i) "Need" to is used to show requirement
You need to work hard
Use of Used To
(i) "Used" to is used to show past habit
I used to go to school when 1 was young
We used to go out for dinner when we were in Delhi
Use of Ought To
(i) "Ought" to is used for social binding and moral respect
You ought to follow the norms of society
You ought to respect your elders
Use of Dare
(i) "Dare" is used to show courage
How dare you to come here?
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