Tag Archives: modals

Using the pasts

I’m proofreading my part of the ebook we’re creating, and I just read this one, which might be of use for students reviewing the use of the pasts. Story-telling. Brainstorming on Language To Use & Narrating past events, by michelle … Continue reading

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Y5: LoM (Modals) Examples about the importance of modals

What would you choose to mean? Because men were the only ones who could earn a living Because men were the only ones who were able to earn a living Because men were the only ones who were allowed to … Continue reading

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Y3: More on “Can”: possibility, proposal

“CAN” is a modal connected to different language functions, as we have seen. On my previous post on this, we tackled present and past ability (can, could, am/are/is able to, was/were able to) and here we’re going to review other … Continue reading

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Y3: Using CAN

CAN as a defective verb (be able to) “CAN” when we also need WILL + to-less infinitive ¿Cuándo podrás llegar? / ¿Cuándo crees que llegarás? (asking about your predictions for the future) When will you be able to get here? … Continue reading

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LoM (Nov Wr): modals and language functions (can/could)

You have written a job-application letter and you say this: I am a responsible person with special ability to organize/organise group activities because I joined the Girl Scouts when I was six years old [isn’t this detail is too much?]. … Continue reading

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Modals: Using “Must”

Must for obligation. The first thing you should know is this: be careful with using “You must.” Unfortunately, textbooks teach “must” using traffic signals (prohibitions, unavoidable obligation), which read “You must” or “You mustn’t.” But people don’t word obligation like … Continue reading

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“Have to” vs “‘ve got to” (gotta) + “must” questions!

Don’t use the contracted form “have got to” or “‘ve got to” in semiformal and formal language. The safest option is always the full form “have to”. But it is true that when we’re speaking, it’s much more natural to … Continue reading

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More on “will” but first on “can”

More on “will” but first on “can,” by michelle (2013) – About 800 words As you know, “can” is a defective verb, which means, it doesn’t have all the forms it needs to form all of the tenses. It just … Continue reading

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Doing things for people & Asking sb to do you a favor/favour

This language point on Modals and Language Functions came up today in 5ºA, so I’m sharing it here for their Class Diary of what we did and for the other Y5’s (remind me to explain it in your groups, if … Continue reading

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