modal verbs

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what is a modal verb?

See example:

My academic goal is not just to learn everything I can to get my BS in Psychology; it is also to make a difference in my life, and those around me.
asked Jul 14 '12 at 19:22 Tina Pla New member

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My academic goal is not just to learn everything I can to get my BS in Psychology; it is also to make a difference in my life and those around me.

 

Modal verbs are special verbs which behave very differently from normal verbs. Here are some important differences:

1. Modal verbs do not take "-s" in the third person.

 

 

Examples:

He can  speak Chinese.
She should  be here by 9:00.

 

2. You use "not" to make modal verbs negative, even in Simple Present and Simple Past.

Examples:

He should not be late.
They might not come to the party.

 

3. Many modal verbs cannot be used in the past tenses or the future tenses.

Examples:

He will can go with us. Incorrect
She musted study very hard. Incorrect

 

Common Modal Verbs

Can Could May Might Must Ought to Shall Should Will Would  

link comment answered Jul 15 '12 at 05:38 sanjay Expert
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The verbs which show the mood of speaker/subject in the sentence.

I your sentence it is "can".

 

Try grammarly handbook to know more about them.

link comment answered Jul 15 '12 at 02:36 Rahul Gupta Expert

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