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Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda: Modes and Modals

Understanding and Using Modal Verbs
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What Will I Learn?
understand the differences between the active, passive, and subjunctive modes
use the different modes appropriately
identify the modal verbs and distinguish between them
use modal verbs in affirmative, negative, interrogative, and negative-interrogative sentences
Appropriately ask and answer questions using modal verbs
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  • Students should have a basic competence in English conversation and grammar skills

Learning how to use Modal Verbs properly is an important skill for the English student. In order to improve accurate communication, students must be able to understand and use Modal Verbs with accuracy and precision. This course is designed for English students who need to master the use of Modal Verbs at work with English clients, customers, and colleagues or for those studying English for academic pursuits.

Understand and Master the Use of Modal Verbs and the Active, Passive, and Subjunctive Modes of English Communication.

-Know when to use could, should, would, can, might, or may

-Understand when to use the active, passive, or subjunctive modes

-Learn which verbs work well with modals or create confusion and difficulty.

-Master the creation of sentences using modal verbs in the affirmative, negative, interrogative, or negative-interrogative structures.

Knowing about Modes and Modals is a significant and vital skill in mastering the English language.

In this course, the student will first review the Active, Passive, and Subjunctive modes as a foundation for understanding the use of modal verbs. All of the English modal verbs and modal verb phrases will then be introduced and analyzed for their meaning and structure. Diagrams and inter-active exercises will be used to insure learning. Quizzes will be scheduled during the course so that the student can evaluate his/her progress. And finally, internet website references will be given to aid the student in gaining more practice and a greater degree of fluency.

Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda are model verbs that show regret for action not taken. Enroll in this course before you have to use those words.

Who is the target audience?
  • All those with English-speaking clients or customers
  • All those studying English academically or for enjoyment
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 15 Lectures Collapse All 15 Lectures 02:05:32
General Introduction to the course
1 Lecture 04:22
3 Lectures 27:47

The Active Mode (Voice) is explained with examples given.

Preview 10:00

The Passive Voice (Mode) is explained with examples given.

The Passive Mode

The Subjunctive Mode

This quiz will evaluate the student's understanding of the three modes.

Modes or Voices
4 questions
11 Lectures 01:33:23

This is a general introduction to modal verbs.

Modals: Introduction

Modals of Probability, Deduction, Speculation, or Certainty in the present are described with examples shown.
Modals Showing Probability, Deduction, Speculation or Certainty in the Present

Modals of Probability, Deduction, Speculation, or Certainty in the past are described with examples shown.

Modals Showing Probability, Deduction, Speculation or Certainty in the Past

Modals of Abiltyt are described with examples shown.
Modal Verbs of Ability

Modals of Obligation are described with examples shown.

Modal Verbs of Obligation

Modals that give permission or suggest habit are described with examples shown.

Modals of Permission and Habit

Modals that are used to give advise are described with examples shown.

Giving Advice

Degreees of Certainty, Review

This quiz examines the degrees of certainty with modal verbs.

Degrees of Certainty
4 questions

In this lecture, students will learn about the variety of ways the word "would" is used in English.


This lecture reviews the Subjunctive Mode (Voice) and links together the Subjunctive with the use of modals.

Modals and the Subjunctive

Conclusion and Final Quizzes
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Having successfully taught English and History for forty years at all age levels from the elementary school to university and adults, I am well qualified to produce educational videos on a number of subjects. Currently instructing E.S.L. at the university level in Montreal, Canada, I have had students from a diversity of national and ethnic backgrounds and so much enjoy meeting people from around the world. I am still in communication with students from years ago and many have become life-long friends. The importance of fostering personal growth and inspiring education cannot be underestimated and it gives me much joy to use my experience for that goal. My travels through North America, Europe, the Caribbean, and parts of Asia have inspired to continue my teaching career using a different medium outside of the regular classroom. How may I be of service to you?

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