Level: beginner

The modal verbs are: 



We use modals to show if we believe something is certain, possible or impossible:

My keys must be in the car.
It might rain tomorrow.
That can't be Peter's coat. It's too small.

We also use them to do things like talk about ability, ask permission, and make requests and offers:

I can't swim.
May I ask a question?
Could I have some tea, please?
Would you like some help?

Modal verbs




Hello Adya's,

Those do not look like standard sentences to me. I can't comment on their use because I don't know the source or context but I would not say that those are correct examples.

Remember that people do not always speak in fully grammatical forms. We make mistakes or change our minds in the process of expressing ourselves. This may be the issue if these are direct quotations from people.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir, please help me.
Look at this sentence,,
You need not have gone there.
Here 'need' is use as a modal auxiliary or regular verb!

Hello Learner Kid,

This is an example of the modal use of 'need'. A test is to try to replace the word with other modal verbs:

You need not have gone there.

You could not have gone there.

You should not have gone there.



The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, It has to be the same, something or whatever.
It should be the same, something or whatever.
I think the first one says there's obligation that it has or is to be the same.
The second one says It will probably be the same. it shows the probability and a reason to believe. Right ?

Hello SonuKumar,

As you know, modal verbs are very much context dependent in terms of meaning so it's not really possible to give an answer to this question without guessing what the context might be. In general, 'has to' suggests that something is necessary, required or obligatory while 'should' could suggest a preference or an expectation.



The LearnEnglish Team

Sorry,where can I find exercises about this theme?

Hello Manshuk,

This page is a general page on modal verbs. You can find exercises on the pages devoted to particular modal verbs or concepts. You can see links to these pages above the comments section or in the list on the right.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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