Learn how to use different modal verbs to make suggestions and to speak about obligations, and do the exercises to practise using them.
We use should and shouldn't to make suggestions and give advice:
You should send an email.
You shouldn’t go by train.
We also use could to make positive suggestions:
We could meet at the weekend.
You could eat out tonight.
We can use conditionals to give advice:
Dan will help you if you ask him.
Past tenses are more polite:
Dan would help you if you asked him.
- Suggestions 1
- Suggestions 2
We use must or need to to say that it is necessary to do something:
You must stop at a red light.
Everyone needs to bring something to eat.
You can wear what you like, but you must look neat and tidy.
We use mustn't for prohibitions – to say that it is necessary to not do something:
You mustn't make any noise in the library.
You mustn't say anything to her. It's a surprise.
We use had to (positive) and couldn't (negative) if we are talking about the past:
Everyone had to bring something to eat.
You couldn't make any noise in the library.
- Obligations 1
- Obligations 2