We use the modal verbs: Must, Might and Could when we want to express a possibility. So, imagine that Pepé de Ronda is an adrenaline junkie who is very keen on rock climbing and we want to know where he is.
So we ask: Where is Pepé de Ronda?
- He MUST be rock climbing ( I am 100% sure)
- He MIGHT be white water rafting. ( I am 75% sure)
- He COULD be in the pub with Janette. ( 50% It’s a possible option)
Grammar Tip! Please remember, if you use a modal verb, you have to use the bare infinitive in the following verb. MODAL VERB+ BARE INFINITIVE (B.INF:without TO ) MUST BE, MIGHT BE, COULD BE
WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?
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
- A complaint
- 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
- The likelihood: Certainty, Possibility. Click here:modals_LF_cpl
Education: what is it?
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!
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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A lot of people say that it doesn´t matter what newspaper you read: the news is the news. I would say: wake up and smell the coffee!
So, with this in mind, take a look at these newspaper headlines from British newspapers.
What do Inglés Málaga clients say about us? Well, read a few testimonials and you´ll get a good idea.
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In Spain, the summer officially starts with the night of Mr San Juan. Historically speaking, I have no idea about the origins of this festival or if it means anything significant. What I do know, however, is that it´s a great event to spend the night on the beach, let your hair down and go swimming under the moon and stars.
I started the week with a massive smile on my face, but I have ended the working week feeling like a kid in toy shop.
Forget calm and congratulate Isabel and Fran on passing their B2 EOI English exams.
I am chuffed to bits for you!
So, what do Inglés Málaga clients say about us? Well, read a few testimonials and you´ll get a good idea.
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What, something alcohol-free! Indisputably, that´s not a serious suggestion, is it?
Ok, some friends sent me an SMS with the following suggestions:
- A Jamie Oliver Cosmopolitan
- A James Bond Vesper
- A white wine spritzer
- A fuzzy or pierced navel
Remember that I´m hopeless in the kitchen so which of the above do you think is, by far, the easiest to make?
The summer is here, and OMG, it´s boiling hot. It´s definitely the season to hang up your trainers, throw on your bikini, dust off your cool box and spend as much time as possible at the beach.
Ok, if you aren´t a beach bum, don´t worry, you can take advantage of the outdoor summer cinema festival.