Here you will learn How to Use Modal Auxiliaries like:
Could, Would, May, Might, Should, Ought to
1. Would and Could for polite requests
When we want to ask someone to do something, we can use Could or Would to ask politely. it’s common to use the word Please to add politness to our request.
Could you please open the door?
Would you please open the door?
Could you pass me the pencil, please?
Would you pass me the pencil, please?
2. Would + Like for offers and invitations
Would you like some cookies?
Would you like a glass of lemonade?
Would you like me to lend you some money?
Would you like me to help you do your homework?
Would you like to go to the movie?
Would you like to go daancing tonight?
3. May and Might
The modals May and Might indicate the possibility or probability of a future action.
This may / might be a good idea
It may / might rain tonight
I may / might go to the party tonight.
The modal auxiliar May is also used to give or ask for permission.
You may begin your test now
May I come in?
May I borrow your cellphone?
4. Should and Ought to for give advice
When we want to give advice or a recomendation to someone we can use the modals Should or Ought to
You should / ought to study on Platzi harder.
You should / ought to drive slower.
When we want to ask for advice we can only use should. We don’t use Ought to for questions and negative.
Should I use this t-shirt today?
Should I play a chess tournament?
This was just a little show about some modals that you can use from now. It’s your turn to practice all you’ve learned here.
Remember: The best way to improve your skills is practicing.