Aim1. To help learners to understand the use of modal verbs for possibility.
2. For learners to be able to choose the right modal verbs to fill in the proper sentence.
Instructions1. You will study through the content in this chapter.
2. Then you will need to practice and do an exercise after the lesson. Let's learn about possibility or probability now.
The modal verbs may, might and could show possibility now and in the future but not certain. They are also used when something is predicted or expected to happen.
In this case, they have the same meaning: MAY
1. It may be a beautiful day today.
2. You may see a rainbow over the sky.
3. People may be happier today. MIGHT
1. It might be good to go outside.
2. You might see birds and butterflies at the park.
3. My family might go travel. COULD
1. We could play with them.
2. You could picnic today.
3. The park could be full of people. We used the negative may not, mightn't, and couldn't to show that something is unlikely to happen:
1. They may not come to the park.
2. You may not see birds and butterflies today.
3. It may not be so quiet in this moment MIGHTN'T
1. He mightn't come and feed birds like he used to.
2. You mightn't have time to go out today.
3. The park mightn't be so quiet in this moment. COULDN'T
1. I bet our children couldn't stop chasing bugs. 2. You couldn't know if it's going to rain or sunny.
3. Perple couldn't describe how much they love a sunny day. Now that you have learned about possibility with modal verbs, are you ready for some exercise? Now, choose the correct verb for these sentences: