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Basic English (student up to 10th Std)

Modal auxiliary verbs are used to moderate the main verb, that is to enhance or restrict the verb to a certain context.
The most common modal auxiliaries in English are:

could should will would
Notice the usage of modals in the following sentences:

I pay my taxes. General declaration of fact. Paying taxes is something I normally do.

I can pay my taxes. Expresses ability. I have the means (funds) to pay.

I might pay my taxes. Expresses possibility, but not certainty. Maybe I will pay; maybe I won't.

I will pay my taxes. Expresses future intent. I resolve to do it at some later time.

I should pay my taxes. Expresses mild obligation. It is required, and I expect to comply.

I could pay my taxes. Expresses possibility. If I have nothing else to do with the money, I might pay taxes.

I would pay my taxes. (In this case), expresses reservation. If I had the money (but I don't). . .

I must pay my taxes. Expresses strong obligation. I am required and have to comply.

Modals are followed by only the base form of the verb and are not used alone unless there is a clear connection to a main verb.

He must to finish his homework.

He must finish his homework.

Jack could heard the bell.

Jack could hear the bell.

Penny will going to the movie.

Penny will go to the movie.


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