Can and Could in English - Modal Verbs in English

The correct usage of CAN and COULD in American Casual, Spoken English using "Modal Verbs", general rules to go by (never hard and fast or forever, always, aka: always exceptions but here's a really good start)

All modal verbs are auxiliary verbs, which means they can only be used with a main verb. Modal verbs cannot be a main verb. They are used to express ideas such as possibility, prediction, speculation, deduction and necessity.

All modal verbs are auxiliary verbs, which means they can only be used with a main verb. Modal verbs cannot be a main verb. They are used to express ideas such as possibility, prediction, speculation, deduction and necessity.

 For an explanation on the difference between “may” and “might,” read this excellent article by Woodward English. Right, Might Guy?

Vocabulary Help: Word Root “CULP” (Blame)

Quick grammar tip with chart! Uses of the modal verbs MAY and MIGHT in English from Woodward English.

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