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be
to exist; to be present
do
used to refer to actions that you do not mention by name or do not know about
have
to own, hold or possess something
can
To know how to; to be able to
could
used as the past tense of ‘can’
dare
something dangerous, difficult or embarrassing that you try to persuade somebody to do, to see if they will do it
may
used to say that something is possible
might
used as the past tense of may when reporting what somebody has said
must
to do as a requirement; indicates that the sentence subject is required as an imperative or directive to execute the sentence predicate, with failure to do so resulting in a negative consequence
shall
used with I and we for talking about or predicting the future
should
used to show what is right, appropriate, etc, especially when criticizing somebody's actions
will
to want or like
would
used as the past form of will when reporting what somebody has said or thought
ought to
used to say what is the right thing to do
used to
used to say that something happened continuously or frequently during a period in the past