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Rules For Modal Verbs

Modal verbs are a kind of auxiliary verb that is used to indicate likelihood, ability, advice, permission, habits and obligation

Rules for using modal verb tenses:

  • "not" after the verb is used to make a verb negative
  • the model verb comes before the subject in questions
  • modal verbs do not change their form according to the tense; there is no "s" added to the verb
  • infinitives (verb without "to") are used right after the modal verb

Tip: An example of model verbs are can/could, may/might, must, will/would, and shall/should.

  • I will not go to the store.
  • We have to go to the party next week.
  • I might go to the store on my way home.

As...As English Grammar

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Main Verb Tenses

Verb Groups

Auxiliary Verbs

Verb Tense "to be"

Verb Tense "to be" Chart

Future Verb Tenses

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Modal Verbs

Modal Verb Rules

Verb Tense "Can"

Verb Tense "Could"

Verb Tense "Could" Structure

"Wishes" & Verb Tenses

"Wishes" & Verb Tense Chart

Verb Tense "Have"

Present Verb Tenses

Past Verb Tenses


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