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.



dear sir/madam,

for past discontinued habit we use USED TO/WOULD

for making negative we can use NOT

i used to have
i used not to have

is it possible for us to use DID NOT
i used to have
i did not use to have

my opinion is we should not use DID
it is not regular simple past and the verb useD is not ordinary verb when we use for past discontinued habit.

please help

what, when we change modal verbs containing sentences into negative or interrogative, for example, You must say hello. how to change it in interrogative, or you might find the book . like sentences

you must say hello..............positive
you must not say hello........negative
must you say hello................positive yes/no question
must you not say hello.........negative yes no question
why must you say hello .....+ wh question
why must you not say hello .........negative question

Hello faiza zaka,

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Sir, what is the main verb in the sentence give below?
The irrigation department has to complete 85tanks.

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Hey, is there someboby who could help me with this task?
. Choose the appropriate form of the Subjunctive Mood:
1. If only they __ happy when they were married!
a) would have been b) were
c) had been d) should have been
2. Everyone __ his films better unless he __ that actor so often.
a) would like, invited b) should like, didn’t invite
c) would like, didn’t invite d) liked, would invite
3. I __ that contract if there __ any information about his going bankrupt.
a) shouldn’t have signed, was b) wouldn’t have signed, had been
c) hadn’t signed, would have been d) had signed, wouldn’t have been
4. Reread this phrase lest(щоб не) you __ the same mistake again.
a) shouldn’t make b) didn’t make
c)made d) should make
5. When he entered, everyone in the room looked up as if they __ a ghost.
a) were seen b) would have seen
c) had seen d) should have seen
6. It is recommended that you __ your tutor about your progress.
a) inform b) informed
c) would inform d) were informed
7. I wish you __ so much curiosity. It wasn’t proper.
a) wouldn’t have shown b) hadn’t shown
c) didn’t show d) weren’t shown
8. It’s high time the problem __ .
a) were dealt with b) dealt with
c) would deal with d) would be dealt with
9. I propose that he __ one more chance.
a) were given b) should be given
c) would be given d) had been given
10. Except for his help we __ still __ on this problem.
a) would __ be working b) should be __ working
c) were __ working d) had __ been working

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I have a question . when I say ''His smoking so often makes me feel angry about him'' can we think that it is a compound modal nominal predicate, I somehow feel that ''makes'' has a modal meaning in the sentence. but still I have some doubts.

Hello Nu barcelona,

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