By Jacqueline Schaalje Native speakers use lots of modals throughout their speech, but non-natives often find this rather difficult. So let’s practise a bit more. This week I happened to receive an email in which one reader asked me about modals, and a student of mine asked me to go over some modals with him.… Continue reading Modals: May and Might
Subject on Request! What do you say when you want to give someone a good idea? By Jacqueline Schaalje When you give advice, you can do this in many ways in English. For instance I want to advise you to see a doctor, because I don’t like your cough. First of all, you can literally… Continue reading Giving Advice – Clears up about Could, Should and Would
The following practice is for advanced students. Do this only when you know how to use different tenses. You can use tenses with modals too. Modals are verbs like must, need, have to and ought to. Underneath are some examples for you to study: Each example is in the affirmative (= a statement), a question… Continue reading Can Humans Fly? – Mixed Tenses with Modals
It’s been a while since we talked about tenses. I have a beautiful tense for you to sink your teeth into: The modal perfect tense. No need to panic, although this subject is suitable for more advanced learners of English. Perfect Tense with Would I’d like to talk especially about perfect tenses with would. Here… Continue reading Feeling Regrets? – Modal Perfect Tense.