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Intermediate 1 ESOL Grammar
Modal Verbs What are modal verbs? must may will shall can could would
Modal Verbs Modal verbs: usually come before another verb
I might go to the library now. are used with the infinitive but without the ‘to’ I might go to the library now. not I might to go to the library now. He can read French. not He can to read French.
Modal Verbs How do you form a modal verb?
The same form is used for all: I/you/he/she/it/we/they can I/you/he/she/it/we/they would I/you/he/she/it/we/they could I/you/he/she/it/we/they will I/you/he/she/it/we/they might
Modal Verbs How do you form negatives? The negatives are: cannot/can’t
will not/won’t, shall not/shan’t (usually only with I or We) could not/couldn’t would not/wouldn’t should not/shouldn’t must not/mustn’t might not, no short form may not, no short form
Modal Verbs How do you form questions with modal verbs?
Change the word order: She can swim. Can she swim? He will pass the test. Will he pass the test? I can help you. Can I help you?
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