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ANOMALOUS OR MODAL VERBS

( MUST - CAN - COULD - MAY - MIGHT - SHOULD - OUGHT TO )

 MUST (HAD TO, MUST HAVE + PARTICIPLE, HAS/HAVE TO, WILL HAVE TO)

Obligation Drivers must stop when the traffic light is red.


Deduction She is always talking about guys. She must be hot!
Necessity I must leave now.
Prohibition Students must not cheat during the tests!

 CAN / COULD (WAS/WERE ABLE TO, AM/IS/ARE ABLE TO, WILL BE ABLE TO)

Capacity I can dive into the ocean.


Permission Could you pass me the sauce, please?
Possibility Miracles can happen.
(theory)

 MAY / MIGHT

Permission May I kiss your lips?


Possibility It might drizzle tonight.
Wish May your dreams come true!

 SHOULD / OUGHT TO

Advice You all should study English 24 hours a day.


Necessity Religious places ought to be respected.

Challenge! Fill in the blanks with the convenient anomalous/modal verbs:

1. Mr. Walker ______ play several instruments when he was young.


2. You ______ be more careful!
3. Citizens _______ respect the laws.
4. _______ you answer the phone, please?
5. It ______ rain.
6. They ______ be very tired.
7. A blind person _______ not see the outside world.
8. Children ________ not cross busy streets by themselves.