modal verbs

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can you please explain what are modal verbs and how I would fix this sentence

See example:

I decided to ignore the warning and went back to my original plan to calling Kate's closest friend and hoped she could shed some light on Kate's worst decision of her life.
asked Jun 08 '11 at 00:39 jeff lynch New member

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Modal verbs are a set of verbs that are used to convey a variety of moods or conditions, including uncertainty, ability, or obligation -- to name a few.  They follow different rules than regular verbs.

 

Some examples of modal verbs are: can, could, have to, need, ought to, should, must --plus all the negations of these verbs.

 

Your use of the modal verb -- could -- here is correct, but some other parts of your sentence are a little unclear.

 

"I decided to ignore the warning and went back to my original plan of calling Kate's closest friend and hoping she could shed some light on the worst decision of Kate's life."

link comment answered Jun 11 '11 at 21:12 Kimberly Expert

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