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can could may might will
would must shall should ought to

Modals are different from normal verbs:

1: They don’t use an ‘s’ for the third person singular.
2: They make questions by inversion (‘she can go’ becomes ‘can she go?’).
3: They are followed directly by the infinitive of another verb (without ‘to’).

Modal Verb Quiz

English Grammar Answers

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A modal verb is a type of auxiliary verb used to express ideas such as ability, possibility, permission, and obligation. The modal auxiliary verbs are can, could, may, might, must, ought to, shall, should, will, and would.

For example:

Lee can eat a lot of pies.
(Here, the modal verb can helps to express the idea of ability.)

Lee might eat that pie before he gets home.(Here, the modal verb might helps to express the idea of possibility.)

Lee may eat as many pies as he likes.(Here, the modal verb may helps to express the idea of permission.)

Lee should give you some of that pie given you bought it.(Here, the modal verb should helps to express the idea of obligation.)



Examples:                anti –       out –         extra –        under –

A prefix goes at the beginning of a word. A suffix goes at the end of a word.

Prefix Examples

Phonic Focus

Long o’ zero, borrow, foe, throat, dough, unknown, October

Long u’ manoeuvre, latitude, juicy, through

sh’ machine, chef, ocean

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