Level: beginner

The modal verbs are: 

can
may
must
shall
will
could
might

should
would

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

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Comments

Hello Casimir,

Thanks! Of the available answers, I'd say b) is the best, though really I think the best way to write this would be 'You will have to carry out the agreed program whatever your own personal feelings are'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Can you talk me through the grammar of this sentence:
Can I leave at 4 o'clock, please?

Hello Padders,

Please let us know how you see it and then we can confirm if you've understood it correctly or not. If not, your analysis will help us give you a more useful answer.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, He probably starts his days with a cup of tea nowadays. for present.

He probably started his days with a cup of tea those days. for past.

Now the question is, Could I use 'would' here in both sentences for past and present probability with no change in meaning ? Could 'would' be used like this for present and past probability ?

Hello SonuKumar,

No, 'would' isn't used this way to refer to probability in the present or in the past. You could use it to refer to a past habit, but if you're not certain about that habit, you'd have to use a different construction, e.g. 'I imagine he would begin his days with a cup of tea in those days'. Though to be honest, it sounds a bit odd to use 'would' to refer to a past habit when you're not certain so I wouldn't recommend it. I'd probably just say 'I imagine he began his days with a cup of tea.'

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, My friend got a call from somewhere and she said to me "The boy on the phoneline had a French accent, He would be Ronald" Ronald is our old French friend. Now she said He would be Ronald but I think she could have said 'He would have been Ronald' because the incident was in past why didn't she and what is difference between would be or would have been in terms of probability in the past, And keeping the same incident in view what is the difference between could be or could have been like she said he could be Ronald but couldn't it be 'Could have been' in terms of possibility in the past ?

Hello SonuKumar,

I'm sorry -- we can no longer answer theoretical invented questions such as this one. If you have a question about something on our site, please feel free to ask.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, How is 'Dare' used in past as modal ?
Please give at least one or two examples.

Hello SonuKumar,

Please see the Cambridge Dictionary entry for 'dare'. There's at least one example sentence there in the past tense, and under the Grammar block, there is a link to a more detailed explanation.

In the future, please look first in the dictionary. If there's something you don't understand, you're welcome to ask us a specific question.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, My friend died this week, perhaps because He wouldn't eat properly. Now Could I use 'would' this way for past probability ? I did not use 'past simple' because I want to show that He probably did not use to eat properly in the past, so he died while past simple may show that I talked about his one-time eating If I don't use adverbs like 'Daily or Everyday' and all I want to know is if 'would' could be used like this in the past or present for probabilities ?

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