As you may already know, modal verbs are a type of auxiliary verb which express the mood of another verb or, to put it differently, the subjective attitudes and opinions of the speaker including possibility, obligation, probability, necessity, etc.
Apart from the NICE properties which distinguish auxiliary from main verbs, modals display some particular features that set them apart from other auxiliary verbs. Thus:
a) They are always followed by a bare infinitive form of another verb
b) They have no non-finite forms (no infinitive, -ing participle, or -ed participle)
c) They do not agree in the third-person singular.
d) Two modals never occur together in the same sentence.
1) Now, let’s check your knowledge of modal verbs with these videos:
2) Here you will find a very useful modal verbs summary chart.
3) Let’s do some practice with these exercises:
4) Use the sentences from the above exercises to practice with your language exchange. If you don't have a language exchange (or a teacher) you are wasting your time, you'll never learn to speak English.
5) Time to learn some vocabulary. Extract all the words you don't know from this article from Newsweek Magazine entitled “What Obama can learn form JFK”.
Look the new words up in an English-English dictionary like this one.
6) Listen and read this story. You should learn all the vocabulary and practice pronunciation. And, for the most daring, read this article from “Rolling Stone”.
7) Finally, write a story of about 200/250 words using as many modal verbs as you can. You can use examples from the videos and exercises above.
If you have done all these exercises, then you've scored a 10! Congratulations! Imprimir