Verbs: Modals

Jared Aragona

Verbs: Modals: Use modal auxiliaries (can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will, would) correctly with verbs to communicate the appropriate mood and tense.


I can carry all the equipment easily.

Sam could have taken eighteen credits last semester.



She may change her major.

The human subjects might have been drinking too much coffee that morning, which is a confounding variable.



Students must schedule time to complete their homework.

It must have been below freezing last night since the plants in the greenhouse are dead.


Expectation or Advisement:

Mark should not be late for any more classes.

The experiment should have been conducted in a lab.



The town council shall invite all the taxpayers to the gala.

shall be known forevermore as the person who dropped the tray with all the media for the D. melanogaster experiment!



I would fix the computer if I knew where to buy the right hardware.

I would have built the computer from the ground up rather than buying it off the shelf.


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