Modal verbs are very easy to point out because they show possibility, intention, ability or necessity. Examples of modal verbs are: will, would, shall, should, can, could, ought to, must, may, might and so on.

Now, let’s talk about when to use some of these modal verbs:

Will – Like it sounds, “will” expresses willingness to do something. For example, “I will cook rice.”

Can – This shows the ability of someone to do something. For example, “I can cook rice.”

Could – This expresses politeness in your request for something. For example, “Could you please cook rice?”

Should – This is used to show likelihood of an action. It does not come with certainty. For example, “She should have cooked rice.” Should is also used when giving advice like in this example: “You should cook rice because they are coming with their kids.”

May – This is used to show possibility without certainty. For example, “She may cook jollof rice.”

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