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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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,

When modals are used in reported speech, how do they change? (especially: must and needn't)

are these sentences correct?

‘You needn’t come till six o’clock,’ he said.
He said we needn’t come till six o’clock.

She said, ‘You must pay by 30th April.’
She said we had to pay by 30th April.

‘It must be awful to live in such a noisy place,’ she said.
She said it must be awful to live in such a noisy place.

Many thanks.

Hello The sky view,

Those sentences are all grammatically correct. Other options are possible, but this would depend on the context in which the sentences are used and we do not have that. For example:

‘It must be awful to live in such a noisy place,’ she said.
She said it must be awful to live in such a noisy place.

We do not know from this if the person still lives in the noisy place or not.

‘It must be awful to live in such a noisy place,’ she said.
She said it must have been awful to live in such a noisy place.

We know from this that the person no longer lives in the noisy place. We might use this form, for example, if the person has moved away from the noisy place in the time between the original statement and the reported statement.

Context and intention are very important in reported speech as there are often multiple options available to the speaker.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

 

 

I would like to say that In the poem named " We Are Seven " by William WordsWorth , What is the meaning this sentense "What should it know of death ? " Actually , Sir, in which context has the poet
used " SHOULD " ? Please sir , help me .

Hello Sagir Hossain Mondal,

Poetry is a creative endeavour and the language in poems is often not typical of ordinary language use. The meaning in this poem is something like 'What would we expect it to know?' or 'What is is supposed to know?' rather than 'should' in the sense of giving advice or expressing duty.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir , I hope you are fine for blessing of God . What are the differences among CAN , MAY , MIGHT. as. possibility ? . And What are the differences among CAN , COULD , MAY , MIGHT and WOULD as request ? And What are the differences between SHOULD and MUST as moral obligation ? And What are the differences among CAN , COULD , MAY , MIGHT and SHALl as permission ? Well , profusely problems occurred to about making out the differences among them. So I request you for explaining those models . Please help me sir as soon as possible .

Hello Sagir Hossain Mondal,

There are links to the uses of these modal verbs above (on this page). If you use those links you'll see explanations and examples of use of all of these. You can also take a look at the sections on modal verbs on this page.

We're happy to try to answer concrete and specific questions (such as your earlier question on 'ought to'), but we can't provide long explanations in the comments sections like this. That is what the information on the page is designed to do!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

My homage be to you , sir. Well , in this sentense " You ought to smile more ", in which context has the sound OUGHT TO used . I take it that OUGHT TO is used as ideal /desired state but profusely confusions occurred to me about using OUGHT To , so, my dear sir , I shall be obliged if you kindly explain about using OUGHT TO with sentense . Thanks you lot .

Hello Sagir Hossain Monal,

'Ought to' has the same meaning as 'should'. It is used to give advice with the meaning 'it would be good (for us/for you/generally) to do this'. For example, a doctor might tell a patient 'You ought to get more exercise and have a more healthy diet'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

At first , I am implying my profound homage to you. Well , sir , The poet , William Wordsworth has used the sound " SHOULD" for indicating " expection " .

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