ABILITYREQUESTPOSSIBILITYINABILITYPROHIBITIONDISBELIEF SUGGESTION/ OFFEROBLIGATION/ NECESSITY CERTAINTY OF TRUE LACK OF OBLIGATION/ NECESSITY ADVICE/ OPINION
Mary can swim veryfastCan you call metonight?I can meet youlater
BE ABLE TO
I was able to finish myhomework on time
I can't eat a wholecake by myself You can't drivewithout a licenceThat can't be the price - it's muchtoo cheap
She could run fastwhen she was a child(past)Could you help mewith the suitcases?(polite)Mark could joinus at the cinemaYou couldexercise and eathealthier food(polite)
It may/might raintomorrow
May I join thisteam? (polite)
Would you open thewindow, please?(formal)Would you likesomething todrink?
You must bringyour books to class(strong)She's got a great job. She must bevery happy.
I have to buy thetickets today
I need to cook dinner tonight.
You needn't bring anythingto the party
DON'T HAVE TO
I don't have toget up earlytomorrow
You musn'texceed the speedlimit
You should/ought to improveyour pronunciation
Shall I help youwith your luggage?