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modals

Modals are special verbs that give additional information about the function of the main verb that follows them.

Shall and Should

'Shall' and 'Should' are like relatives, because 'Should' is the past tense of 'Shall', but they have different functions despite their similarities.

 

Ought to and Had Better

'Ought to' and 'Had Better' are used for giving advice and recommendations. These are used differently and they can have different meanings. Start learning!

 

Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs help the main verb to express tense or voice or help make questions and negative sentences. That's why they're also called 'helping verbs'.

 

Contractions

You might wonder what the difference between formal and informal styles is. One of the elements that can make your writings informal is using contractions.

 

Had Better vs. Should vs. Ought To

'Had better,' 'should,' and 'ought to' are used to give advice. In this lesson, we will learn their uses, similarities, and differences.

 

Yes/No Questions

'Do you like English?' 'Are you making progress?' 'Have these lessons been helping you?' If you want to learn about how to make yes/no questions, read this.

 

Might vs. Would

'Might' and 'would' are modal verbs used to talk about possibilities which is why learners might confuse the. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.

 

Have To vs. Must vs. Should

'Have to,' 'must,' and 'should' talk about different levels of obligations that may confuse you. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.

 

Can and Could

Talent shows are a big thing now in our pop culture. If you want to participate in them, you should know how to talk about your abilities. Learn about it here!

 

Modal Verbs vs. Adverbs

Modal verbs and adverbs are used to give additional information about certain factors. In this lesson, we will learn their differences.

 

Giving Advice

'Giving advice' actually refers to expressing your opinion about a particular thing. In this case, you express something could happen in a better way.

 

Reported Speech: Indirect Speech

There are two main types of reported speech: direct speech and indirect speech. In this lesson, we will learn about how to use indirect speech in English.

 

Could vs. May

'Could' and 'may' are modal verbs that are often mistaken since they are both used to ask for permission. In this lesson, we will learn when to use them.

 

Verb Phrases

It's time to learn how to identify the verb phrase in a sentence. Learning about verb phrases is essential in speaking and writing without mistakes.

 

Talking about Prediction

There are many ways to talk about prediction in English. In this article, we want to learn how to predict future events.

 

Pro-verb Phrases

Pro-verb phrases are short words or expressions that replace the verb and all that comes after it.

 

Ought To vs. Might

'Ought to' and 'might' are used to talk about possibilities and may confuse learners. In this lesson, we will learn when to use them.

 

Can vs. May

May and can are modal verbs that are commonly used in the English language. In this lesson, we will learn their uses and differences.

 

May vs. Must

'May' and 'must' are modal verbs that are confused by learners because they talk about possibilities and probabilities. Click here to learn their differences.

 

Contractions

You might wonder what the difference between formal and informal styles is. One of the elements that can make your writings informal is using contractions.

 

Dare and Need

'Dare' and 'need' have characteristics of both modal verbs and main verbs. Because of this, they are called semi-modals. In this lesson, we'll learn about them.

 

Would vs. Would Have

Many cannot distinguish the difference between 'would' and 'would have.' In this lesson, we will learn their difference and uses.

 

Modal Verbs vs. Auxiliary Verbs

Modal verbs and auxiliary verbs are verbs that help other verbs show meaning. In this lesson, we will learn their differences.

 

Making Offers

There are some modal verbs that can be used to make offers in English. In this article, we will learn about them. Click here to read more.

 

Used to

One of the functions of this expression is to talk about repeated actions in the past which we don't do in the present.

 

Can vs. Able To

'Can' and 'be able to' are both used to refer to abilities. In this lesson, we will learn their differences and when to use them.

 

Shall vs. Must

'Shall' and 'must' are modal verbs that may be confusing as they both refer to necessities. In this lesson, we will learn their differences.

 

Making Requests

You might know that there are two kinds of requests in English. Direct requests and indirect requests. In this article, we will focus on indirect requests.

 

May vs. Shall

'May' and 'shall' are modal verbs confused by learners as both of them are used to make offers. In this lesson, we will learn their uses and differences.

 

Talking about Habits

Habits are things that we do regularly, from the past to the present time. Sometimes we can use some modals and semi-modals to refer to habits.

 

Could vs. Might

'Could' and 'might' are modal verbs and may confuse learners when it comes to giving permission. In this lesson, we will learn when to use them.

 

Giving and Asking for Permission

Asking permission is a social skill that is a need in any culture. On the other hand, being able to allow someone to do something is another skill. Read more.

 

Negative Markers

Negative markers are used to make sentences with a negative meaning. In this lesson, we will learn about them.

 

Would vs. Should

'Would' and 'should' are quite confusing to learners due to their close meaning in formal British English. In this lesson, we will learn more.

 

Talking about Abilities

When you want to socialize with strangers, you can talk about your abilities. What does it mean? Should we use our abilities or talk about them? Learn more.

 

Could vs. Will

'Will' and 'could' are modal verbs that give additional information about the main verb. In this lesson, we will learn their uses and differences.

 

Shall vs. Should

Shall and should are commonly known modal verbs that may confuse learners. In this lesson, we will learn their differences.

 

Talking about Assumptions

The term assumption is derived from the verb assume. In this article, we will focus on the modal verbs to learn to talk about assumptions.

 

Will vs. Going To

'Will' and 'going to' are mainly confused by learners since they talk about predictions and decisions. Learn more about them in this lesson.

 

Should vs. Ought To

'Ought to' is considered as an alternative for the verb 'Should.' They can talk about assumptions and advice. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.

 

Semi-modals

Semi-modals are the subcategory of modal verbs. So it is good to learn the difference between modal verbs and semi-modal verbs to use them properly.

 

Could vs. Would

'Could' and 'would' are modal verbs that help us express additional information. In this lesson, we will learn their uses and differences.

 

Should vs. Supposed To

'Should' and 'supposed to' may confuse learners as they are used to talk about duty. In this lesson, we will learn their differences, similarities, and uses.

 

Reported Speech

Reported speech is related to the grammar of reporting what someone else said. In this lesson, you will learn all about it.

 

Negation: Verbs & Clauses

Negation is the process that turns an affirmative statement into a negative one. In this lesson, we will learn about ways of creating negative sentences.

 

Must and Have to

'Have to' and 'must' have the same meaning and are used to express obligations. However, they are used in different situations and are not interchangeable.

 

Might vs. Must

'Might' and 'must' are modal verbs that confuse learners as they both talk about possibilities. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.

 

Should vs. Have To

'Should' and 'have to' are confused by learners as they both express a level of certainty. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.

 

Modals in Indirect Speech

Modal verbs change when they are used in indirect speech. In this lesson, we will learn about their structure and uses.

 

Talking about Deduction

'Deduction' means to make guesses based on former information about something. In this article, we learn how to make deductions about events.

 

Ought To vs. Could

'Ought to' and 'could' may confuse learners as they both talk about possibilities. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.

 

Could vs. Should

'Could' and 'should' are past tense modal verbs. In this lesson, we will learn their uses and differences.

 

Verb Phrases

It's time to learn how to identify the verb phrase in a sentence. Learning about verb phrases is essential in speaking and writing without mistakes.

 

Contractions

You might wonder what the difference between formal and informal styles is. One of the elements that can make your writings informal is using contractions.

 

Negation

Negation is the act of making a term, phrase, or clause negative or opposite. In this article, you will learn how to make negations.

 

Modal Verbs vs. Normal Verbs

Normal verbs and modal verbs are different types of verbs that may confuse learners. In this lesson, we will learn their differences and uses.

 

Will vs. Shall

'Will' and 'shall' are modal verbs used to discuss the future. They are often confused since they are interchangeable. In this lesson, we will learn about them.

 

Must vs. Need

'Must' and 'need' are confused by learners as they express different levels of necessities. In this lesson, we will learn all about them.

 

Can

'Can' is one of the most commonly known modals in English grammar. In this lesson, we will explain this modal verb in detail.

 

Modals

Modal verbs are also known as modals and are used to give additional information about the main verb. Let us learn more about them.

 

Talking about Willingness

In every language, there are ways to express your feelings. Let us learn how to express willingness in English.

 

Would vs. Used To

'Would' and 'used to' are used to talk about habits which is why many learners confuse them. In this lesson, we will find out their difference.

 

Will vs. Would

'Will' and 'would' have similar functions which is why learners confuse them. However, there are differences between them that we will learn in this lesson.

 

Might vs. Maybe

'Might' and 'maybe' are both used to talk about possibilities which is why learners confuse them but they have different functions. Learn more in this lesson!

 

Talking about Necessity

Some structures in English imply something that is not optional and there is a need to do them.

 

May vs. Will

'May' and 'will' are modal verbs that confuse learners because they both make offers. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.

 

Modal Expressions

Modal expressions are not modal verbs. But they can imply the same concept as modal verbs do. These expressions are used to indicate a special mood. Read more.

 

May vs. Might

'May' and 'might' are modal verbs that talk about possibilities. In this lesson, we will learn their differences and similarities.

 

Might vs. Will

'Might' and 'will' are modal verbs that may confuse learners since they both talk about possibilities. In this lesson, we will learn their uses and differences.

 

May and Might

May and Might are modal verbs. Some people think they are interchangeable, especially in speech, but is there really no differences between these two?

 

Yes/No Questions

'Do you like English?' 'Are you making progress?' 'Have these lessons been helping you?' If you want to learn about how to make yes/no questions, read this.

 

Will and Would

These two modals are often confusing for learners, because they are used in quite similar situations. But they're different.

 

Should vs. Must

'Should' and 'must' are modal verbs that may confuse learners since they both talk about possibilities. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.

 

Talking about Possibilities

There are different ways to talk about possibilities in English. Each way has its own function. We can also express our thoughts through possibilities.

 

Maybe vs. May be

This time, we're gonna delve into more grammatically confusing words. If you don't know about them, no need to worry. You're here to learn, remember?

 

Can vs. Could

'Can' and 'could' are two of the most commonly known modal verbs. In this lesson, we will learn their differences and when to use each of them.

 

Would vs. Can

'Would' and 'can' are commonly used to make offers and requests. In this lesson, we will learn their similarities and differences.

 

Must vs. Have To

'Must' and 'have to' express different levels of obligations. In this lesson, we will learn more about them and when to use each of them.

 
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