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Modal Verbs

Modal Verbs

Modal verbs talk about the possibility of a condition in the present. They can also be called modals of possibility.

 

Affirmative Form:

must

might

could

may

+

infinitive

 

Negative Form:

can’t

might not

could not

may not

+

infinitive

 

For example:

Bob is late for class. The teacher asks the class why Bob is late. A student, Jill, guesses:

 

Modals Example sentences Probability

Must

He must be on the train.

very probable

Might

He might be at the store.

a possibility

Could

He could be at the store.

a possibility

May

He may be at the store.

very probable

Can’t

He can’t be at home.

not probable

 

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