MATERIAL WEEK 3 FOR CLASS XI


Modal auxiliaries can be used for different functions, such as:

MODALS

FUNCTIONS

EXAMPLES

Can

Asking for permission

Giving permission

Requesting something

Expressing ability

Offering something

Can I take this file?

You can take this file.

Can you help me lift this table, please?

I can finish this report in two hours.

How can I help you?

May

Asking for permission

Giving permission

Requesting something

Expressing ability

Offering something

May I sit here?

You may sit here if you want to.

They may be out of stock.

May I help you?

will

Expressing possibility

Requesting something

When do you think you will have more in stock?

Will you give me a copy of this file?

Could

Asking for permission

Giving permission

Expressing ability

Requesting something

Giving suggestion

Offering something

Expressing probability

Could I leave this meeting earlier?

You could leave this meeting earlier.

I could dance well when I was a child.

Could you wrap it up for me, please?

You could ask your boss to let you take a vacation.

Could I take your message, please?

I think we could go to the new restaurant tonight.

should

Giving advice

You should take some medicine.

would

Requesting something

Offering something

Would you lend me some money?

Would you like a cup of tea?

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