What are modal verbs?

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Modal verbs

Often in IELTS we are asked to give opinions on situations and make recommendations. We can do this using modal verbs.

Modal verbs can be used to express:

  •     obligation/freedom to act
  •     certainty / deductions
  •     ability

As with many other words in the English language, a modal verb can be used to express different meanings, for example, ‘should’ can be used to express both recommendation and probability.

The following lesson is intended as a revision of modal verbs and gives you examples of how to use them in an IELTS context, using extracts from reading passages in the final test.

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