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.



Could you please help me understand what does seldom direct mean hear?
Documentation is a critical step in the revitalization process of a language, but the path from documentation to producing new speakers is seldom direct.

Hello Sash,

The phrase 'the path... is seldom direct' means that the process is usually a complex one.


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I just want to check the answers
1-There is a lot of traffic.We(must-might)be late.
The author chose might but I think must can be the correct answer
2-The tour guide said that ten is the (fewest-least) number of tourists she can take on the
boat trip.
the writer chose least but I think it is fewest is the correct answer

Hi Hamdy Ali,

In the first example 'might' is correct. We can use 'must' to speculate about the present (so we could say 'they must be getting worried now') but not to guess about the future.

In the second example I would say that 'the fewest tourists' or 'the lowest number of tourists' would be the most natural options. You could say 'the least number of tourists', though it is unusual and not the most common/standard option. 'The fewest number of' is not correct.


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How do you do?
1-There is a lot of traffic.We(must-might)be late.
2-The tour guide said that ten is the (fewest-least) number of tourists she can take on the
boat trip .

Hello Hamdy Ali,

I'm afraid we don't provide answers to questions from elsewhere. If we tried to do this then we would end up trying to do everyone's homework or tests for them! We're happy to explain things and provide as much help as we can but we don't give answers to tasks from elsewhere.


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I am Etibar from Baku, Azerbaijan. I am here new. Can I join the Learn English Team? Thank you

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Sir, I wish (1) I had a pizza daily, or (2) I wish I would have a pizza daily.

I wish (1) I didn't go there nowadays, or (2) I wouldn't go there nowadays.

Which is more appropriate and acceptable out of the two in both sentences ?

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.


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