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Modal Verbs
May – Might – Could
to express possibility
Section 1
Simple Modal
Verbs
“May”
1. to express possibility
2. to ask or to give a permission (formal)
3. to make requests
EXAMPLES:
He may come late today.
You may use my Computer now.
May I make a phone call?
 Today is cloudy, it ________________ rain.
Choose the best answer
MayDoes
“Could” “Might”
Section 2
Past forms of
Modal Verbs and
their functions
1. to express general ability in the past, because
it is the past form of the “Can”
2. to express possible future actions ...
EXAMPLES:
We tried hard but we could not
persuade them to come with us.
My grandfather could not swim.
Could you tell m...
1. to give or ask permission, or possibility in the
past, because it is the past form of “May”
2. to express future or pre...
EXAMPLES:
He might be having lunch now.
It might rain tomorrow.
There may/might not be a meeting
tonight, because the d...
 Your brother was ill, therefore he _____
go out for a walk.
Choose the correct modal verb
Can’t Mustn’t Couldn’t
 If he were here, he ____ help you.
Choose the correct modal verb
May Could
 This house ____ look better if they
painted it and cut the grass and planted
flowers.
Choose the correct modal verb
May ...
 He said that I ____ play any CD from his
collection while he was gone.
Choose the correct modal verb
May Might
 Don’t call me at 8:30. I ____ be watching
the football match on television.
Choose the correct modal verb
CanMight
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  1. 1. Modal Verbs May – Might – Could to express possibility
  2. 2. Section 1 Simple Modal Verbs “May”
  3. 3. 1. to express possibility 2. to ask or to give a permission (formal) 3. to make requests
  4. 4. EXAMPLES: He may come late today. You may use my Computer now. May I make a phone call?
  5. 5.  Today is cloudy, it ________________ rain. Choose the best answer MayDoes
  6. 6. “Could” “Might” Section 2 Past forms of Modal Verbs and their functions
  7. 7. 1. to express general ability in the past, because it is the past form of the “Can” 2. to express possible future actions similar to “May and Might” in meaning 3. to make a request or ask something 4. to express unreal or impossible actions
  8. 8. EXAMPLES: We tried hard but we could not persuade them to come with us. My grandfather could not swim. Could you tell me what time it is? I don’t know how she works 14 hours a day in front of the computer, I could not do this.
  9. 9. 1. to give or ask permission, or possibility in the past, because it is the past form of “May” 2. to express future or present possibility and probability 3. Interchangeably with “May” quite often with no difference in meaning.
  10. 10. EXAMPLES: He might be having lunch now. It might rain tomorrow. There may/might not be a meeting tonight, because the director is ill. I may/might go to Italy this summer.
  11. 11.  Your brother was ill, therefore he _____ go out for a walk. Choose the correct modal verb Can’t Mustn’t Couldn’t
  12. 12.  If he were here, he ____ help you. Choose the correct modal verb May Could
  13. 13.  This house ____ look better if they painted it and cut the grass and planted flowers. Choose the correct modal verb May Would
  14. 14.  He said that I ____ play any CD from his collection while he was gone. Choose the correct modal verb May Might
  15. 15.  Don’t call me at 8:30. I ____ be watching the football match on television. Choose the correct modal verb CanMight

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