can/could may/might will/would shall/should must
We use the negative can’t or cannot to show that something is impossible.
Instructions and requests
Suggestions and advice
Offers and invitations
Obligation and necessity
Use to express ability
Ex. He can speak Chinese.
A kangaroo can jump very far.
I can’t play golf.
Use to ask for permission
Ex. Can I use your bathroom?
Can I raise the volume?
Can you tell me the way to the bank, please?
Use to make requests or suggestions
Ex. Can I have the bill?
You can do whatever you want.
You can’t sit here.
Describes an ability that someone had in the past
Ex. I could swim when I was young.
He could ride a bike when he was young.
She couldn’t get a job anywhere.
Often used to express permission politely
Ex. Could I have your name, please?You could borrow my umbrella.
Could you lend me a dictionary please?
Used to talk about completely unrealistic situations
Ex. I’m so angry, I could murder her.
I ‘m so hungry, I could eat all food in the
I already drink coffee. I could work without
sleeping for few daays.
To show that something is possible in the future,
but not certain
Ex. It could rain later. Take an umbrella.
If we don’t hurry we could be late.
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