MODALS . THEORY & EXERCISES. What are « modals »?. Modals (or modal verbs, auxiliaries) are used to modify the main verb and give a new meaning to the sentence. The most common structure is modal + infinitive : I work I can work I must work I should work. OBLIGATION
I can work
I must work
I should work ...
Be allowed to Need not
be able to dare had better
be likely to need would rather
be meant to ought to ...
be willing to used to
be supposed to ...
There must be a mistake.
Could you please give me a hand?
May I ask you something?
Go to bed, you might feel better soon if you do.
You really ought to phone Mum.
They have to be careful with their money.
It can’t be true!Consider the following sentences. What do the modals imply?
An easy one to start with...
Now more difficult... But first, let’s watch Friends!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQOfh3KcjU4&feature=related (part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a56LhyFAo1A&feature=related (part 2)
Exercise Friends & Modals « The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding«
In case the Friends exercise doesn’t work or is unavailable...
Alice in Wonderland Trailer
A very complete modals chart with examples (past, present, future)