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English Grammar - Modal Verbs (Intermediate level)

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Learn more about modal verbs.
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    1-2 Hours
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  • Certification

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In this course you will learn about Modal verbs and their uses. Through presentations, speaking practice with native speakers and assessment questions, you will improve your knowledge and pronunciation skills. You will become familiar with the rules of using modal verbs as well as the different forms used in sentences. You will learn how to structure sentences in the right way using nouns, pronouns, auxiliary verbs and tenses. Modal verbs are used in English to express intentions, ideas, wishes, plans and more.

After successfully completing this course you will be more confident in your understanding and use of modal verbs. Topics covered include: being allowed or able to do something; differences between positive and negative verbs; talking about the past, present and future; sentences about regret and wanting to do something; sentences about being unable and wishing to do something.

The course also includes information on using modal verbs for written rules and instructions and regarding levels of obligation (should/must/have to). Finally, this course covers using modal verbs to talk about things that people did in the past.

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After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the use of the modal verb 'can' and how we can use be + able to instead.
  • Provide examples of sentences using the verb 'could', including its negative form.
  • Review how we use may and might to say something is possible in the future.
  • Relate when we say we have to do something, we mean it is necessary to do it.
  • Summarise how we use the verbs do, have, going to and may/might in sentences.
  • Trace how we use 'must' for opinions and why we don't use it in the past simple tense.
  • Give examples of how we use 'must' to mean 'have to' in written rules and instructions.
  • Justify why we use 'should' or 'ought to' to say something is not right and when we expect something.
  • Describe when we use 'would' to talk about imaginary situations.

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