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In today’s class, we will be talking about using past, present, and future tense accurately in sentences. Enjoy the class!
Using past, present, and future tense accurately in sentences
Simple conversation using the appropriate words -using modal auxiliaries to make sentences
Must indicate necessity.
- I must leave now.
- He must study hard.
- Alex must go home by 6.00 pm.
Have to has a similar meaning to must but implies less urgency.
- I have to leave now.
- He has to study hard.
- Alex has to go by 6.00 pm.
- I had to leave then. (past)
- He had to study hard to pass the exam. (past)
Should indicates obligation and probability.
- You should come home early.
- You should not smoke at all.
- I should visit my parents more often.
- There should be an extra key for the lock in the drawer. (probability)
- He should have reached by now. (probability)
- I should have done that. (obligation in the past)
Ought to and had better sometimes replaces should.
- You ought to come home early.
- We ought to have taken a taxi. (Past)
- We had better leave. (Had better is generally used in spoken English.)
- I think parents ought to give children more freedom. (Had better won’t be appropriate here.
In our next class, we will be talking about Using Past, Present, and Future Tense Sentences in Making Statement/Sentences, etc. We hope you enjoyed the class.
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