Modal verbs – let’s review some of them
Let’s review the most important Modal Verbs. Do you remember them? Let’s talk about four Modal Verbs. Can, Could, Should and Must. They are very common to be used in conversation, written and spoken English. Modal Verbs – let’s review some of them – Let’s start reviewing an important grammar issue.
Can – It is used to talk about possibility or ability.
Take a look at these examples:
Anne: Can I help you, sir?
Michael: Yes, please. I am looking for a new T-shirt.
Anne: Ok, What size are you?
Michael: I’m medium.
Anne: What color do you prefer?
Michael: Well, I prefer green or yellow.
Anne: Take a look at these models. Do you like them?
Michael: Yes, they are very nice, thanks! Can I try them on?
Anne: Sure! The fitting room is over there.
Michael: Thanks. I will be back in a minute.
Could – It is used to express a possibility or ability (more formal) – could is the past of can.
Sharon: Could I help you, sir?
Pete: Well, I have a terrible headache. Could you help me, please?
Sharon: Yes, how long have you had this headache?
Pete: For about two days.
Sharon: If I were you I’d look for a doctor but I recommend you this painkiller. You need to take it every 12 hours.
Pete: Thanks for your recommendation. I will take it and I really need to schedule a doctor.
Must – It is used to express an obligation.
Karen: I am feeling terrible today!
Paul: What is going on?
Karen: Well, I have a fever, sore throat and a terrible headache.
Paul: Wow! You must go to the doctor! How long have you had this fever?
Karen: For about three days.
Paul: Definitely, you must visit a hospital now! I’ll give you a ride to the nearest hospital, ok?
Paul: Thanks, Paul! You are very kind!
Should – It is used to express a suggestion or advice
Peter: I need to stop smoking but I can’t!
Maxwell: Well, Peter. You should look for some help! Talk to your doctor!
Peter: I have already talked to him about it and he recommended changing my daily routine. I am really trying to stop smoking but it is hard!
Maxwell: You should reduce little by little. How many cigarettes do you smoke a day?
Peter: About ten or fifteen.
Maxwell: First of all, you should reduce one tomorrow. Let’s consider you are smoking ten cigarettes a day. You need to reduce one tomorrow. Wait for a couple of days and reduce two or three. You are going to observe that your organism won’t feel more necessity to smoke. Try to have a more balanced diet – it also helps!
Peter: Thanks, Maxwell!