What are you saying? Seriously, I don’t understand you. Is it a question, a request, a suggestion, an obligation, an invitation, some advice, a complaint……..?????!!!!! Oh no, I have a headache! Help me, help me: where are the aspirin?
I DON’T UNDERSTAND MODAL VERBS
The English language is often very difficult to understand and sometimes seems to be completely illogical. Well don’t worry, as the British Government said after World War 2: ‘Keep Calm and Carry On.’
What are Modal Verbs?
Modal Verbs are auxiliary verbs that modify another verb in order to change the meaning of the expression: (i.e. what is being said)
Examples of Modal Verbs include:
Can, Could, Must, May, Might, Should, Shouldn’t, Ought To, Would
When do you use them?
To express the following language functions:
Requests, Permission, Offers and Invitations
Advice and Recommendations, Suggestions and Prohibition
Obligations, Duties, Necessities and Ability
The likelihood: Certainty, Possibility
They do not have infinitives
They don’t take s, ing or ed suffixes
They are followed by the bare infinitive. The infinitive without To, for example: walk, eat, drink. Not: To walk, To eat, To drink
They come before the subject in questions
EXAMPLES OF LANGUAGE FUNCTIONS
Look, learn and use:
Requests, Permission, Offers and Invitations. Click here:modals_LF_orpi
Advice and Recommendations, Suggestions and Prohibition.Click here:modals_LF_arsp
Obligations, Duties, Necessities and Ability. Click here:modals_LF_odna
Imagine you live next to a group of young fun-loving neighbours. You get on really well with them but their late night partying and obsession with rap music is disturbing your sleep and consequently your work performance. You are afraid of being fired. What would you do?
It is widely accepted that using formal expressions and phrases, in both written and oral contexts, is a little more difficult than using informal expressions and phrases. Wouldn´t you agree? However, as the well-known saying goes: ”Practice makes perfect!” So, with this in mind, why not try a few exercises from the Flo-Joe website.
If you watch the Star Wars films, without a shadow of a doubt, you will learn a lot about life, power, greed and the delicious seduction of the dark side, (seriously, who doesn´t want to be Darth Vader?!)
On the other hand, if you copy Yoda´s speech patterns, and his use of grammar and word order, you are definitely going to confuse the hell out of native English speakers. So Yoda, please, get back to basics and have a look at how to ask a question.
Well, it´s a word which uses all of the 5 English vowels. And, phonetically speaking, it looks like this: /ɛdjʊˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/. In addition, it´s a word that politicians repeat to infinity and beyond during an election campaign. Finally, it´s something that affects all of us.
OK Janette, but what does it mean?
Well, I have my opinions, but I think this guy has something more interesting to say than me. If you check out this video, you will improve your English listening and comprehension skills, learn new vocabulary, and you will definitely think. Perfect; bring on the brain shake!
To search for: Try to find something by looking or otherwise seeking carefully and thoroughly.
This is, by far, the most useful verb for Janette. As a curious person, with a wide variety of interests, she´s always searching for information, facts and data about a plethora of stuff.
With this in mind, why not use the Inglés Málaga Search Pages Tool to search for words, phrases and ideas on the Inglés Málaga website. It´s extremely easy to use, just type in a word or short phrase and click the search button. In addition, you can narrow your search by using the Learning Disciplines filter. You can find these tools on the right hand column of this site. Happy improving your English level!
There is a lot of information on the Internet that you can use to improve your English and get yourself linked-in.
Why not check out the sites that Janette and Inglés Málaga recommend? The Inglés Málaga Link In section gives you direct links to external sites which will help you improve your English level. To help you on your way, here are a selection of online resources you might find useful:
Downloads: Provides general information for grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Are you suffering from the blues? Do you fancy a getaway to a chilled-out, unspoilt tropical island? Or, are you more culture vulture than beach bum?
Having a ball, having a blast!
I personally have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand,I´m really keen on sunbathing at the beach with a mojito in one hand and a trashy novel in the other hand. However, on the other hand, I´m nuts about learning about the history, traditions and culture of a new city. In fact, if I had more time and money, I would definitely take more city breaks. However, truth be told adventure holidays are my real cup of tea. I love danger, risk and a challenge. Indeed, the last time I went scuba diving I was scared stiff but I loved every second. Bring on the adventure, let the good times roll!
Of course, it’s possible that your idea of having fun is completely different to mine. So, if you could go on any type of holiday, what would it be?
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WORD OF THE WEEK
A culture vulture is a type of person who is keen on city breaks, visiting museums and art galleries, reading about history and culture and generally getting to know information about how other people lived, live and will live.
IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY: Synonyms and Antonyms.
As you know at Inglés Málaga we are not keen on learning by looking at long lists. Lists are for shopping, daily tasks and reminding yourself to wash the windows and write to your mother!
In our opinion it is much more effective and personal to improve your vocabulary through situational learning. When you learn a new word make sure you know the opposite and at least one synonym.
For example: The situation is Holidays, my new word is: happy, my synonym is cheerful, my opposite is: unhappy.
Take a look at our Topic of the Month section for great vocabulary in action: Click here Here is a great web resource to help you:Click here Here is a great web dictionary:Click here
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Write & Improve is a free service for learners of English to practise their written English. Submit your written work and receive feedback in seconds, covering spelling, vocabulary, grammar and general style. If you use it, don´t forget to let me know what you think about it. Is it useful, or is it another online tool which isn´t worth your time and energy?
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I can't be bothered reading today!
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