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We include be able to here for convenience.

A modal is a type of auxiliary helping verb that is used to express: ability, possibility, permission or obligation. Modal phrases or semi-modals are used to express the same things as modals, but are a combination of auxiliary verbs and the preposition to. The modals and semi-modals in English are:. Note: Can and could do not take an infinitive to verb and do not take the future auxiliary will.

Probability

See comments. Imagine that you are planning to travel to another country. There is a lot that you need to do before you leave. Here are some things that might need to be done:. You may remember that, in a passive sentence, the person performing the action is not stated because it is not very important to know who that person is. For example, in the sentence about the haircut, the listener does not know who will cut your hair.

Both Can and Could are Modal Verbs. In general Could is considered more polite or formal that Can. The three main uses of Can are: 1 ability 2 possibility and 3 permission. However there are some other used of Can as we will see below. Can means to be physically able to do something OR to know how to do something.

Most modal verbs behave quite irregularly in the past and the future. Study the chart below to learn how "could" behaves in different contexts. Examples: Extreme rain could cause the river to flood the city. Examples: Jack might not have the key. Maybe he does not have the key.

Difference Between Can and Could

Click here for all the exercises about modal verbs Here's a list of the modal verbs in English: can could may might will would must shall should ought to. We often call these 'modals of deduction' or 'speculation' or 'certainty' or 'probability'. For example: It's snowing, so it must be very cold outside. I don't know where John is. He could have missed the train.

Could/Couldn't

The modal verbs can and could represent the ability of a person or thing in doing something. Both are followed by a base form of the verb. Now look at the example given below to understand their difference in a better way:. So in these two cases, you might have observed that can is used to represent present condition of the subject, but could is used to reflect a past ability, as could is nothing but a past form of can. Could refers to the possibility or the ability to do something.

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Can - Could

 Хочешь со мной переспать? - Теперь на Беккера смотрела юная девица, похожая на персонаж фильма ужасов Рассвет мертвецов. Темнота коридора перетекла в просторное цементное помещение, пропитанное запахом пота и алкоголя, и Беккеру открылась абсолютно сюрреалистическая картина: в глубокой пещере двигались, слившись в сплошную массу, сотни человеческих тел. Они наклонялись и распрямлялись, прижав руки к бокам, а их головы при этом раскачивались, как безжизненные шары, едва прикрепленные к негнущимся спинам. Какие-то безумцы ныряли со сцены в это людское море, и его волны швыряли их вперед и назад, как волейбольные мячи на пляже.

ГЛАВА 70 Дэвид Беккер почувствовал, что у него подкашиваются ноги. Он смотрел на девушку, понимая, что его поиски подошли к концу. Она вымыла голову и переоделась - быть может, считая, что так легче будет продать кольцо, - но в Нью-Йорк не улетела. Беккер с трудом сдерживал волнение. Его безумная поездка вот-вот закончится.

 Мидж… у меня нет никакой жизни. Она постучала пальцем по кипе документов: - Вот твоя жизнь, Чед Бринкерхофф.  - Но, посмотрев на него, смягчилась.