Modal verbs


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.


Hello Saman Toor,

We have a page devoted to prepositional phrases, which I think will be just what you are looking for.  There are also many activities on prepositions on other pages, such as on pages related to different listening or reading materials.  You can find these by using the search window on the right - type in 'prepositions' and you'll see many exercises in the results.

I hope those links are useful.

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Hello there!

I'm back here after nearly 2 months.So it's great to be here again.
I want to know that can we say some sentences without modal verbs? as an example
1)interpretation would always have to be done.
Can we sat that 'interpretation always have to be done?'
Please explain this and now i cant see that features had in here.bold,italic,bulletin.

Thank you.

Hello bimsara and welcome back!

Both sentences are possible (but note that 'interpretation' is singular and therefore we would say 'has' not 'have' in the second example), but they have different meanings.

The second sentence '...always has to be...' describes a fact about the world.  The first sentence is actually a conditional form where the condition is not stated:

Interpretation would always have to be done if the boss asked for it.

This is not especially unusual in English.  We frequently miss out the conditional clause if it is obvious from the context, for example.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



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Hello! Sir,
Would you please tell me which one is correct and what's the difference between these two?
What you mean?
What do you mean?

Hello chandini,

"What you mean?" is not correct in standard English - the correct form is "What do you mean?" The formation of such questions is explained on our present simple page.

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Dear Sir,
               Could you please tell us or enlist the Semi modals ? I have read somewhere that Semi-auxiliaries include be about to, be able to, be going to, be likely to, be supposed to, had better, have to, ought to, used to and would rather. Is it correct ? Thank you so much in advance, Sir.
With Regards,

Hi Sumeet,

This is an interesting question, but I'm afraid it falls outside the scope of what we do at LearnEnglish. We are principally concerned with helping members make the best use they can of our site. In addition, your request is very broad. We do our best to answer questions about specific points, but we are a very small team answering questions from millions of users - we simply don't have the time to provide lessons on demand.

You can find information on this topic by doing an internet search - one good place to start might be the wikipedia page on modal verbs.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir, 
               First of all I would like to express my gratitude to you all and to British Council who have been doing a great favor to all the English learners. Thanks a lot.
Could you please tell us the difference between Probability and Possibility with some examples? Thank you so much in advance.

Hello Sumeet,

You can find the difference by using the Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool:

Possibility: a chance that something may happen or be true

Probability: the level of possibility of something happening or being true

In other words, if something is possible then there is a chance of it happening, but it is not certain.  When we talk about probability, we are also say how likely it is - very likely, quite likely, unlikely etc.

You can find examples of both probability and possibility on this page.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team