10 Answered Questions for the topic modal verbs

Modal Verbs Esl/esol Speech Stress

06/26/19

Stress on "can" and "could"?

> * I can go there. * I could go there. In these sentences, when spoken, how is the meaning altered by putting stress/emphasis on the words *can* and *could*?
Modal Verbs Grammar

06/24/19

Do serious grammarians endorse the "Can I"/"May I" distinction?

Just now, I wanted to ask a question that was something like, "Can I get a thorough list of all the parts of speech that a sentence can be broken down into?" But then a nagging voice appeared in my... more
Modal Verbs Grammar Negation Meaning

06/22/19

Why use "need not" instead of "do not need to"?

The header of psyco.sourceforge.net states: > High-level languages need not be slower than low-level ones. Why use *need not* instead of *do not need*? What does it mean? Also, why no *to*... more
Modal Verbs Grammar Negation Meaning

06/21/19

Why use "need not" instead of "do not need to"?

The header of [psyco.sourceforge.net](http://psyco.sourceforge.net) states:> High-level languages need not be slower than low-level ones. Why use *need not* instead of *do not need*? What does... more

06/15/19

May & "Might": What's the right context?

>- I may not be coming in tomorrow... >- I might not be coming in tomorrow... When should I use "may" and "might"?

06/02/19

Can "would" be used twice in an English conditional sentence and still be grammatical?

I know how conditional *if* clause sentences work. I'm aware of the rules which I have to follow. However, I sometimes use *would* after *would* which of course is incorrect in terms of grammar.... more

06/02/19

Can I vs "May I"?

You may have heard the argument "it's not **can** I go to the bathroom, it's **may** I." If this is true, then any question such as *"can you get me a glass of water?"* could have the same... more

03/28/19

Modals in the past + reported speech?

If the original sentence looks like this: > You should have asked me, 'Can I take your car?' Should the 'reported speech' one look like this: > You should have asked me if you **could**... more
Modal Verbs Esl/esol Esl Differences

03/28/19

Mixed conditional clause type 1-3?

I came across the following conditional clause while studying a grammar book published by Oxford: "If you know London so well, you shouldn't have got so hopelessly lost." The writer of the book... more

03/20/19

How to add emphasis to a modal verb?

To add emphasis to a normal verb, we use the emphatic "do":> * He does run fast.> * Do come in.> * Do brush your teeth.Obviously, with modal verbs this would be a grave mistake:> * (*)... more

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