Examples of Modal Auxiliaries

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Definition of Modal Auxiliaries:

Modal auxiliaries are used where some deduction is needed for a situation. Here deduction means drawing a conclusion about a situation based on the available information.

Examples of Modal Auxiliaries:

  • Merry is looking so sleepy; she must have studied the whole night.
  • Aric is absent at the meeting. He must not have arrived the city yet.
  • Lisa couldn’t have broken the paperweight. She was absent in the office yesterday.
  • I can’t find Allen’s assignment here. He must not have done it. (Assuming he did not do it)
  • Andrew was hospitalized for a week, so he couldn’t have done the assignment. (Knowing it’s impossible for him to do)
  • Jack is looking so exhausted. He must have worked the whole day at the office.
  • Rick is absent in the program. He must not have arrived here yet.
  • Paul is definitely going to love this movie. All the action sequences are so excellent, exactly the type he likes.
  • The boys will definitely be thrilled when they will come to know that they are going on an excursion to the hills.
  • You will definitely be excited when you will come to know that your favorite singer is coming to the concert.
  • Your math test is at 10:00 am. You should get ready now.
  • Can you please help him to do the work? It should take five minutes only.
  • Bob has an exam He shouldn’t go out now.
  • Alana is starting from home so early. She shouldn’t be late.
  • George has a concert on next Tuesday. He should start rehearsing now.
  • Jeff has an important exam this week. He should not leave the city now.
  • Jen’s flight is at 3 pm. She should start from home now.
  • You have to submit the project report tomorrow morning. You should complete it now.
  • Can you show him the way to the Chairman’s room? It should take a few seconds only.
  • Samantha has prepared herself so well for the exam. She shouldn’t get poor marks.

The types of modal auxiliaries based on the usage include:

  1. Modal Auxiliaries for Surety
  2. Modal Auxiliaries for Expectation
  3. Modal Auxiliaries for Probability.
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