Day: 17 June 2020

Modal Verbs (and other expressions) to express Ability 1

Modal Verbs (and other expressions) to express Ability

Today we are looking at ways of expressing ability. 

Can is the modal verb used to talk about present ability. E.g. I can swim. 

Verb to be and able to are also used to talk about present ability. E.g. I am able to swim. In the present, able to is a little more formal than can, but they have the same meaning so it doesn’t matter which one you use.

Modal verbs (and other verbs) to express Obligation 2

Modal verbs (and other verbs) to express Obligation

Today we are looking at the verbs used to express obligation.

Must, should and ought to are the modal verbs used to express obligation. Ought to has exactly the same meaning as should but is not commonly used. Have to, which is a full verb, is also used to talk about obligation.

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