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February 19, 2012 / dlw43

A Modal Verb Chart That Explains the Various Functions of Each Modal Verb

Modal verbs are a subset of helping (auxiliary) verbs.  One might wonder what modal verbs help us do. The answer to that is that modal verbs help English speakers to express probability, ability, obligation, advice, permission, and habits.

How do you express these concepts in your native language? Do you use something similar to modal verbs?

The chart below does an excellent job explaining the various functions of each modal verb.


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