Understanding modal verbs – beyond the basics

According to Scott Thornbury, "modal verbs are auxiliary verbs that function as an indicator of the speaker's (or writer's) judgment about the likelihood or desirability of the situation in question." It would be very difficult, if not impossible, to communicate in English without using a wide variety of modal and semi-modal verbs.

In this course, we'll look at modal and semi-modal verbs, understand all of their nuances of meanings, and go beyond the basic relationships between form and meaning course books are wont to establish (e.g. 'must' is used for obligation and 'should' for advice). There's a LOT more to modals that course books cover.

If you're an English teacher, an advanced user of the language, or if you're preparing for an international exam such as Cambridge C1 or C2, this course is certainly for you!

For further information, please contact us at +55 11 94505-1811. You can also write to higor@higorcavalcanteelt.com.

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