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Uses of May and Might

November 6th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

To express permission

May is used to ask and give permission.

May I come in, Sir?
Yes, you may.
May I go now?
No, you may not.

Uses of Can and Could

November 6th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

Can
To express ability

Can is used to express present or general ability.

I can swim.
She can knit.
We can speak English.
Can you speak French?
She can draw beautiful pictures.

Uses of Would

November 6th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL, Improve English

In Indirect Speech

Would is the past tense form of will in indirect speech.

Reflexive and Emphatic Pronouns

October 23rd, 2009 in Improve English

Reflexive pronouns are formed by the addition of the suffix self (singular) or selves (plural) to simple pronouns such as my, your, her, him, it, them and our.