Chapter 9. Mood and Modal Verbs (Cont'd...)
9.2 Modal verbs (cont'd..)
May, might (cont'd...)
As an auxiliary verb may, expresses
- wish: May the Infinite bless you.
- purpose: The student studies hard so that he may have good result.
The past form of may is might. It expresses:
- just possibility: He might be standing at the bus-stop.
- speculation/ doubt about past action: The letter might have been received.
- in conditional cases: If he had gone there, he might have seen stolen articles.
The uses of can are:
- to express ability: I can run faster than you.
certainty: You can't take a complete bath as you are suffering from fever.
- to ask permission: Mother, can't I go to the cinema to enjoy `Kabuliwalah' of Rabindranath?
Can't I take a complete bath?
- to denote occasional possibility:
Sometimes, even fever can be quite dangerous.
The rivers can be very rough in times of rainy season.
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