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Uses of Shall and Will

November 5th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning

With the first person

Shall is used with first person pronouns to express simple futurity.

Modal Auxiliary Verbs

November 4th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

The following are the modal auxiliary verbs in English:

Will, would; shall, should; may, might; can, could; must; ought; dare; need

Modal auxiliaries have some common characteristics

Uses of Do

November 4th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

As a principal verb

As a principal verb do is used in the sense of perform or act.

I did my duty well.
Do as I do.
Can’t you do it yourself?

Uses of Be and Have

November 4th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

As a principal verb

Be and its forms can be used as principal verbs. They are then called linking verbs because they link the subject with a following word.

Auxiliary Verbs

November 3rd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

An auxiliary verb is one which helps other verbs form tenses other than the simple present and simple past.

The following are the auxiliary verbs in English:

Substituting a Gerund for an Infinitive

November 2nd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

Both the gerund and the infinitive are verbal nouns. In many cases it is possible to substitute a gerund for an infinitive.

Read the sentences given below:

The Gerund or Verbal Noun

November 2nd, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

Read the sentence given below.

Reading is my hobby.