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What are Modal Verbs?
Modal verbs are special verbs which behave very differently from normal verbs. Here are some important differences:
1. Modal verbs do not take “-s” in the third person.
- He can speak Chinese.
- She should be here by 9:00.
2. You use “not” to make modal verbs negative, even in Simple Present and Simple Past.
- He should not be late.
- They might not come to the party.
3. Many modal verbs cannot be used in the past tenses or the future tenses.
- He will can go with us. Not Correct
- She musted study very hard. Not Correct
Common Modal Verbs
For the purposes of this tutorial, we have included some expressions which are not modal verbs including had better, have to, and have got to. These expressions are closely related to modals in meaning and are often interchanged with them.
The first is from last year (2007) and the second from 1984!!!!!
THOSE WERE REALLY GLORY DAYS!
and now two big questions:
1- What do you think you will be doing in 20 years’ time?
2- What do you think you will have already done in 20 years’ time?
Looking forward to your answers!!
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I’m happy to see that you’re great. I’m going to tell you about my family and school.
In my family we are four, my mother, my father and my sister-who is older than me- but she isn’t here now. She’s studying in Finland so I can’t see her in months. I’m so lonely now and I hate it, so I’m looking forward to Christmas, because she’s coming, and probably my grandmother too.
The school is boring, but now I can study what I want and it’s better than last year. My favorite subject is Physical Education, because I like doing exercise, but I hate Catalan, because it’s too boring and I am with all the class. But it doesn’t matter, because there are only two hours a week.
What’s about your family and your school? Write soon, please.
First Batx girl
First of all write down quickly your ideas about the topic (brainstorming).
Order them into advantages and disadvantages (or for and against).
Write a draft:
first paragraph: introduce the topic
second paragraph: advantages (supported by examples and facts) and disadvantages (idem)
third paragraph: state your opinion (closing paragraph)
Read it, check the connectors, the punctuation and spelling, revise the grammar and the word order.
Write the final essay on the computer and send it or post it.
If you want to improve your writing,
it’s a good idea to revise your grammar!
Here you are a link where you can do exercises ,
have a look and practise now and then!
Can you check
if this new link works?
begin with a suitable opening sentence?
present my ideas clearly?
use relevant details and examples to explain my ideas?
support my ideas with details and examples?
end with a suitable closing sentence?
use pronouns to refer to the nouns in the paragraph?
use connectors to link my ideas?
check my grammar?
check my spelling?
check word order?
use correct punctuation?
use capital letters correctly?
use adjectives correctly?
use suitable connectors?
present the information in the logical order?