The modal verbs are:

can could
may might
shall should
will would

We use modal verbs to show if we believe something is certain, probable or possible (or not). We also use modals to do things like talking about ability, asking permission making requests and offers, and so on.



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

hey there!!!
I am doing some exercise which Im not able to understand.
Im wondering if someone can give me a hand to solve them,or maybe give me some reference or recommendations.

A) The following language forms are used to request others to perform an action:

Do me a favor and pass that paper, will you?
Could you possible pass me that paper?
You couldn't pass me that paper , could you?

1) Examples of 3 further forms that might be used to make similar requests.
2) What factors are relevant in deciding which of there forms to in a given situation?

and the other exercise, its about pronunciation/ sentence stress

1) Have you met my wife?
2) Have you met MY wife?

Explain the difference in meaning between the pair of sentences.

I really appreciate if someone can give me some orientation.
Many thanks for your time!!!

Maria C Fuentes