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The modal verbs are: 



We use modals to show if we believe something is certain, possible or impossible:

My keys must be in the car.
It might rain tomorrow.
That can't be Peter's coat. It's too small.

We also use them to do things like talk about ability, ask permission, and make requests and offers:

I can't swim.
May I ask a question?
Could I have some tea, please?
Would you like some help?

Modal verbs




Hello SonuKumar,

We generally do not use 'would' with I after 'wish'. This is because 'would' means a choice, and if we are talking about ourselves then we can simply choose to do what we want. In other words, if someone says 'I wish... I would' then the answer is simply 'if you want to do it then do it'. We can use 'would' for other subjects however:

I wish he wouldn't do that (because it irritates me)

I wish you would stop (I want you to stop)


We use 'could' in such sentences with the first person, as 'could' tells us that something is stopping us from doing what we wish to do.


Thus your sentences with 'I would' are not correct sentences. Whether the other sentences are appropriate depends on what you are trying to say, of course, but they are not grammatically incorrect.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I wish you sorry, i put badly the question. I wanted say if both sentences below have the same meaning.

1) I sneaked into the house so that nobody would hear me;2)I sneaked into the house so that nobody heard me. Beacause when i translate that in italian lunguage i obtain the same meaning.
thanks again

Hello rosario,

I'm sorry! Now I understand what you're asking.

I understand both sentences to mean the same thing, but the first one is better in terms of the grammar. This is because 'would' is typically used after 'so that' to talk about purpose in the past. In this way, 'so that nobody would hear me' expresses the intention behind your sneaking; 'so that nobody heard me', which isn't standard (because the past simple isn't typically used here) sounds more like a description of what happened.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi ,teachers i have a doubt. i noticed the following sentence: I sneaked into the house so that nobody would not hear me. May i write that as it follows?: I sneaked into the house so that nobody didn't heard me.

thanks in advance.

Hello rosario,

No, I'm afraid the double negative forms there ('nobody' and 'not' or 'didn't') are not correct in standard English. 'I sneaked into the house so nobody would hear me' is what I'd probably say.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir,
could you please tell me that the following sentences are grammatically are correct or not? If not, please explain.

1. She asked the teacher what should she do.
2.When I watched that film I was so boring that I fell asleep.

your quick reply will be highly appreciated.

Best regards

Hello Qasem,

Neither of those sentences are correct. The correct forms would be as follows:


1. She asked the teacher what she should do.

2. When I watched that film I was so bored that I fell asleep.


The first sentence is a reported question and so inversion is not required. You can read more about reported questions here.

The second sentence needs an -ed form. The film is boring and as a result I am bored (by it). You can read more about -ing and -ed adjectives here.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter,

Thank you for your reply. noted.

best regards

Sir, I think I will tell her this when I meet her,
and I have already meet her but did not tell her, but Now she is in front of me again and I said "I thought I would tell you this when I meet or met you, but sorry! I didn't. Now the question is what should I use In my subordinate cause Meet or met ? I have changed the will into would be because the time when I first met I didn't tell so the time has gone, but what about the subordinate cause meet or met ?

Hello SonuKumar,

'met' is the correct form for what you describe.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team