Phrasal modals: types and use
Presentation of phrasal modals (expressions that behave as a modal verb but are composed of more than two words)
Think about public places and the rules they have, make a list about them, vary the expressions and the structures based on the topic.
Explanation: Phrasal modals are combinations of verbs and up to two other words that together work as a modal verb.
Be able to
To express ability. It can be used in any tense depending on the conjugation of the verb to be.
- I am able to speak three languages at conversational levels.
- Mary was able to swim for 40 minutes non-stop when she was younger.
- You've got to stop sleeping so much, you won't take advantage of your time!
- At the library you are not allowed to yell or speak loudly.
|Phrasal Modals||Equivalent Modals|
|be able to||can|
|be going to||will|
|are about to||will|
|have got to||must|
|be supposed to||should|
|be allowed to||may|
|be likely to||could|
|be about to||would|