The modal verbs are:

can could
may might
shall should
will would
must  

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.
 

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Sir, is it a right sentence "I was scared, that My father would ask me about what happened" and Could I also use the second form of the verb ask like asked rather than using would ask "My father asked me" ?

Hello SonuKumar,

Both forms are possible but there is a difference in meaning.

 

I was scared that my father would ask me about what happened.

This sentence tells us that you are worried about something that might happen in the future. Your father might ask you and the prospect worries you.

 

I was scared that my father asked me about what happened.

This sentence tells us that you are worried about something that has already happened. Your father asked you, and the fact that he asked you makes you worried.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!
Please kindly advise what variant is correct:
1. I fear that I may/might be imprisoned
2. I fear that I will be imprisoned
3. I fear that I could be imprisoned
4. I fear that I would be imprisoned

Thanks a lot in advance!

Hello marik12s,

As I said in my earlier comment, all of these are possible. Which is required depends upon the context and the speaker's intention.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!

Please kindly advise what modals should be used after expressions of fear, e.g. "I fear that I ____ be imprisoned". Is the use of could/would will be correct?

Thanks a lot in advance!

Hello marik12s,

There are many possible modal verbs which would be correct in that sentence. Both 'could' and 'would' are possible, but so are others such as 'will', 'might', must' and others. Without knowing what the speaker wishes to say it is not possible to say which one is required.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,

What is the difference between simple present and ''will' when expressing habitual event, action...

"Yesterday, I went to my favourite cafe and I ordered the usual: a vanilla latte... (...) ...Sometimes, I ''will order'' or ''order'' a coffee cake if I'm feeling a little hungry.

Thank you

Hello JamlMakav,

Most of the time, the simple present would be used to describe this sort of situation or action. As you've noticed (good work!), 'will' can also be used to talk about typical actions or behaviour, but this is not nearly as common.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hello sir
i am confused to use ( have to) or (must) . i have three sentences and i would like to know why using ( must ) or ( have to) is right or wrong here
1. He's very ill, he must stay in bed. or He's very ill, he has to stay in bed.

2.They are happy because they don't have to wear a uniform in their new school. or They are happy because they mustn't wear a uniform in their new school.

3. You mustn't worry about her ! She’s all right now! or You don't have to worry about her ! She’s all right now!
thanks

Hello ibrahemyacoup,

In the affirmative the meanings of 'have to' and 'must' are very similar. 'Must' often implies an obligation which you have set yourself - it is your own decision - while 'have to' implies an external obligation set by rules or laws of some kind.

In both your first example both options are possible. Which is better depends on the context and the speaker's intention.

In the negative form 'don't have to' means that there is no obligation. You can do the action or not, as you wish. However, 'mustn't' means that you are not allowed to do it.

In your second example 'have to' is more likely as having the choice of wearing or not wearing is more likely to make people happy than not having a choice.

In your third example both forms are possible. 'Mustn't' here represents strong advice: it is not a good idea to worry about her. It has a sense of 'please don't let yourself get upset'. 'Don't have to' means there is no need to do this because the person is getting better, though worrying was the right thing to do before.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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