Modals with 'have'

Level: intermediate

We can use a modal verb with have and a past participle:

Subject Modal have Past participle  
They will have arrived by now.
You might have seen the film.
Jack and Jill would have been late.

We use a modal verb with have:

  • to refer back from the present:

It's nearly eight o'clock. They will have arrived by now.

  • to refer back from a point of time in the past:

We were very worried. We thought someone might have taken the car.

  • to refer back from a point of time in the future:

We won't eat until they arrive. They might not have had supper.

  • to refer to past time:

You should have helped her when she asked.
They might have got lost. Nobody knows where they are.

Modal verbs with have 1


Modal verbs with have 2



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Submitted by laliche on Thu, 06/12/2012 - 08:23


Modal verbs are a bit boring. It s easy to understand,but when I do exercises I forget about it in two or three days.I think the best way is to practise everyday:talking with people,thinking about it or...leaving a comment.Repeat,repeat,repeat,repeat...until you ll be able to say all modals without thinking in your language

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Submitted by jmslayer on Tue, 13/11/2012 - 02:41


I give you some advice relating to your question I will have to go it means you are preparing to leave on that place.

I have to go it means you have to leave now.

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Submitted by amitav chowdhury on Mon, 29/10/2012 - 04:34


please, help me, i would like to know about the difference between " i will have to go and i have to go " 

Hello hope i'll help you!

I will have to go(it's future sentence)

I have to go(it's a present sentence)


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Submitted by EmBashir on Fri, 05/10/2012 - 15:56

Sir, please where and what is the disparity in the use of 'will have' and 'would have'?

Submitted by masoudmosayebi on Tue, 18/09/2012 - 08:05


I don't find out it.where can we use MODAL+have? what is diffrence of it with modals?

Submitted by siti juenah on Thu, 19/04/2012 - 02:15


we might have to use and practice it everyday we can......


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Submitted by Sard0r_s on Tue, 28/02/2012 - 17:30


hi ! I don't understand it well , can you give me more explanation  please 

actually I don't understand how it'll translate especially with "will" for example They will have arrived by now. what does it mean  ?