3 common errors involving modal verbs

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Mark DaviesAnglais
13 février 2018
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The vast majority of my students in 10 years of teaching English have been Spanish speaking, mainly from Spain. Here are 3 common errors with regard to modal verbs. Modal verbs are verbs that most of the time are used to adapt the meaning of the verb that follows. The explanations below can also apply to students whose first language is not Spanish.

1. Modal verbs shouldn’t have a preposition after them:

Many students incorrectly say ‘he can to come at 8’ or ‘they must to go running this evening’. However, all modal verbs except for ‘ought to’ are followed by the base form of a verb (or infinitive) with no preposition after the modal. Some examples:

I should go to visit them.
I think it will rain tomorrow.
Things could have been better.
Someone may have seen them.
They might be home tomorrow.
They may be late.
They would have known if they had gone to the seminar.
He can come by anytime.
You must get that project finished.
I shall hand-in the paper on time.

2. Modals don’t have different tense forms like regular and irregular verbs:

Remember that modal verbs can’t be switched from tense to tense like normal verbs. For example, we cannot say ‘we musted do the homework’ or ‘I will must to study Norwegian’. In other words, they do not have a participle or a past form.

3. Modals cannot appear together:

Also, modal verbs cannot appear together in the same sentence. Many people say ‘I will can go out tonight’. This is very incorrect. Since ‘will’ and ‘can’ are both modal verbs we need to use ‘to be able to’ after ‘will’. So the correct sentence would be ‘I will be able to go out tonight’. This would translate in Spanish as ‘Yo podré salir esta noche’ and in French as ‘Je peux sortir ce soir’.

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- EXPERT, PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH COACH: MORE THAN 8,000 HOURS TAUGHT ON AND OFFLINE TO ADULTS SINCE 2003 - MY METHOD: LEARN ENGLISH WITH LITTLE GRAMMAR WHILST HAVING FUN - GRAMMAR EXPERT: ENGLISH GRAMMAR BOOK AUTHOR - RECEIVE FREE ENGLISH TEACHING: ENGLISH GRAMMAR PODCAST PRODUCER - MANY, MANY SATISFIED CLIENTS: MANY STUDENTS HAVE BEEN WITH ME FOR 10 YEARS + - EXPERT LINGUIST: MASTERS IN TRANSLATION (SPANISH, FRENCH AND NORWEGIAN TO ENGLISH) - BUSINESS OWNER: FOUNDER OF MY OWN ONLINE ENGLISH SCHOOL GET IN TOUCH TODAY AND YOU WILL SEE HOW YOUR ENGLISH WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN. What can I say? I just love what I do! And I’ve done it since 2003! And my students seem to love me since many keep coming back! Whilst I'm new on Verbling, don't let this put you off. I've taught more than 8,000 hours to many happy students from different backgrounds some of whom I've had since 2007. Anyhow, my goal is to make your English much better in a quick, fun and easy way whatever your objective! I’ve been the main reason why students from countries such as France, Spain, Saudi Arabia, China, Peru, Ecuador or Switzerland have achieved and surpassed their English goals. If I’m still doing it after all these years I guess it means I’m a great teacher but that is for your to judge with a free trial! I grew up on an island in England and have lived in 7 countries. I have lived in Ecuador since 2011. I have a friendly and relaxed teaching style, yet it is also critical for my students to significantly improve in every class and have fun as much as possible! As I get to know you better I adapt the material more to your interests and your personality! I want you to enjoy and feel good about speaking English. I want you to have more confidence, more fluency, more precision, more vocabulary, improved pronunciation and more fun! I want to eliminate grammar as much as possible and I do this by concentrating and eliminating your common errors. I don't want to give you boring grammar classes. The goal is a light dosis of grammar. Afterall, you can study grammar in your own time. I guide what grammar you should study since you don't need to know everything about English grammar to attain a high level! Over the years I’ve taught around 8,000 hours (online and offline) to groups, to businesses, to the Official School of Languages in Spain, to adult professionals, to adolescents and civil servant English teachers in Spain! … hey I’ve even taken clients hiking for the day so they can spend the whole day speaking English. In addition, I’ve had students stay with me for a week in England so they can change their lives for ever in terms of their English ability. Furthermore, I actually personally visit some clients if I am in their country. These students typically invite me to dinner, let me stay at their house or show their city to me in exchange for free English. They even let me visit with my wife! I guess I must be doing something good for them to do this! I understand my income and my family depends on the quality of the classes I offer so my commitment is to be better than any teacher you’ve had before and always look to improve my service to you. One of the ways I do this is to ask the student if I am on the right track. Feedback, positive or negative is always welcomed! So try my classes for free! In summary, this is why you should work with me: - Free trial: Take a no obligation free trial so you can see for yourself how good I am. This is a chance to check out the method and explain your objectives and requirements e.g. improve fluency, confidence and eliminate common errors. - A unique service: I offer a unique and personalised teaching method to satisfy individual student requirements whether that be an English exam (Cambridge, Trinity, IELTS, TOEFL, EOI...), an interview in English, medical or business English or general English conversation. - Free responses to grammar queries outside of class: If you have grammar doubts or need a quick correction to a phrase for an email, you can send me a message on verbling when you want and I will respond in quick time! - Study little grammar: You don't like studying grammar? No problem! With me, you will study grammar lightly to ensure you enjoy the English classes. On the whole, I look at grammar only when errors are made during conversation. The amount of grammar studied will of course depend on your level. - I am trilingual: Being that I speak French and Spanish fluently, I know better than most what it takes to learn a language and the problems you may endure. I will help you overcome those issues in a way you have never experienced before. - I have a Masters in Translation: This is better than a TEFL certificate. This shows a deep linguistic capability and critical thinking ability. - Error correction method: My method is about correcting your common errors. A language is too complex to be studying all the grammar. For homework you will get a list of mistakes you have made in the class to be corrected for next time. I encourage you to converse as much as possible and be yourself. - Possibility of a personal visit: I often personally visit students if I am in their country. Then you would get to speak English for free over coffee or a meal for example. - I have a written an English grammar ebook: This book was designed to help Spanish speakers learn more effectively and more quickly. It is called 101 common errors Spaniards make when speaking English. I include excerpts of the grammar from this book in every class to ensure you are progressing every class with your grammar knowledge! - Business English: My first degree was a business degree and I have professional experience in banking, tourism, and the property industry. I can help with interviews, CV/resumes, meetings, sales and marketing, negotiations, emailing and the like! - Founder and director of online school for Spanish market www.clasesinglesonline.com: I have run this for years and it is still going strong! It’s difficult to give a decent impression of my service here so please have the courage to contact me today! I would love to meet you! Mark Davies MA PG (dip), BA (hons) "I am grateful for having done an English online course with Mark and I totally recommend him. Today my English is a lot more fluent and I have certainly noted a big difference in my communication when I am abroad. One of the main qualities of my native teacher was the personal focus and Mark definitely knew what we had to concentrate on so I could make big progress in little time" Maite Gonzalez, Madrid, Spain Please note, I don´t teach beginner levels (A1-A2). I do pre-intermediate or above (B1, B2, C1, C2).
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- EXPERT, PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH COACH: MORE THAN 8,000 HOURS TAUGHT ON AND OFFLINE TO ADULTS SINCE 2003 - MY METHOD: LEARN ENGLISH WITH LITTLE GRAMMAR WHILST HAVING FUN - GRAMMAR EXPERT: ENGLISH GRAMMAR BOOK AUTHOR - RECEIVE FREE ENGLISH TEACHING: ENGLISH GRAMMAR PODCAST PRODUCER - MANY, MANY SATISFIED CLIENTS: MANY STUDENTS HAVE BEEN WITH ME FOR 10 YEARS + - EXPERT LINGUIST: MASTERS IN TRANSLATION (SPANISH, FRENCH AND NORWEGIAN TO ENGLISH) - BUSINESS OWNER: FOUNDER OF MY OWN ONLINE ENGLISH SCHOOL GET IN TOUCH TODAY AND YOU WILL SEE HOW YOUR ENGLISH WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN. What can I say? I just love what I do! And I’ve done it since 2003! And my students seem to love me since many keep coming back! Whilst I'm new on Verbling, don't let this put you off. I've taught more than 8,000 hours to many happy students from different backgrounds some of whom I've had since 2007. Anyhow, my goal is to make your English much better in a quick, fun and easy way whatever your objective! I’ve been the main reason why students from countries such as France, Spain, Saudi Arabia, China, Peru, Ecuador or Switzerland have achieved and surpassed their English goals. If I’m still doing it after all these years I guess it means I’m a great teacher but that is for your to judge with a free trial! I grew up on an island in England and have lived in 7 countries. I have lived in Ecuador since 2011. I have a friendly and relaxed teaching style, yet it is also critical for my students to significantly improve in every class and have fun as much as possible! As I get to know you better I adapt the material more to your interests and your personality! I want you to enjoy and feel good about speaking English. I want you to have more confidence, more fluency, more precision, more vocabulary, improved pronunciation and more fun! I want to eliminate grammar as much as possible and I do this by concentrating and eliminating your common errors. I don't want to give you boring grammar classes. The goal is a light dosis of grammar. Afterall, you can study grammar in your own time. I guide what grammar you should study since you don't need to know everything about English grammar to attain a high level! Over the years I’ve taught around 8,000 hours (online and offline) to groups, to businesses, to the Official School of Languages in Spain, to adult professionals, to adolescents and civil servant English teachers in Spain! … hey I’ve even taken clients hiking for the day so they can spend the whole day speaking English. In addition, I’ve had students stay with me for a week in England so they can change their lives for ever in terms of their English ability. Furthermore, I actually personally visit some clients if I am in their country. These students typically invite me to dinner, let me stay at their house or show their city to me in exchange for free English. They even let me visit with my wife! I guess I must be doing something good for them to do this! I understand my income and my family depends on the quality of the classes I offer so my commitment is to be better than any teacher you’ve had before and always look to improve my service to you. One of the ways I do this is to ask the student if I am on the right track. Feedback, positive or negative is always welcomed! So try my classes for free! In summary, this is why you should work with me: - Free trial: Take a no obligation free trial so you can see for yourself how good I am. This is a chance to check out the method and explain your objectives and requirements e.g. improve fluency, confidence and eliminate common errors. - A unique service: I offer a unique and personalised teaching method to satisfy individual student requirements whether that be an English exam (Cambridge, Trinity, IELTS, TOEFL, EOI...), an interview in English, medical or business English or general English conversation. - Free responses to grammar queries outside of class: If you have grammar doubts or need a quick correction to a phrase for an email, you can send me a message on verbling when you want and I will respond in quick time! - Study little grammar: You don't like studying grammar? No problem! With me, you will study grammar lightly to ensure you enjoy the English classes. On the whole, I look at grammar only when errors are made during conversation. The amount of grammar studied will of course depend on your level. - I am trilingual: Being that I speak French and Spanish fluently, I know better than most what it takes to learn a language and the problems you may endure. I will help you overcome those issues in a way you have never experienced before. - I have a Masters in Translation: This is better than a TEFL certificate. This shows a deep linguistic capability and critical thinking ability. - Error correction method: My method is about correcting your common errors. A language is too complex to be studying all the grammar. For homework you will get a list of mistakes you have made in the class to be corrected for next time. I encourage you to converse as much as possible and be yourself. - Possibility of a personal visit: I often personally visit students if I am in their country. Then you would get to speak English for free over coffee or a meal for example. - I have a written an English grammar ebook: This book was designed to help Spanish speakers learn more effectively and more quickly. It is called 101 common errors Spaniards make when speaking English. I include excerpts of the grammar from this book in every class to ensure you are progressing every class with your grammar knowledge! - Business English: My first degree was a business degree and I have professional experience in banking, tourism, and the property industry. I can help with interviews, CV/resumes, meetings, sales and marketing, negotiations, emailing and the like! - Founder and director of online school for Spanish market www.clasesinglesonline.com: I have run this for years and it is still going strong! It’s difficult to give a decent impression of my service here so please have the courage to contact me today! I would love to meet you! Mark Davies MA PG (dip), BA (hons) "I am grateful for having done an English online course with Mark and I totally recommend him. Today my English is a lot more fluent and I have certainly noted a big difference in my communication when I am abroad. One of the main qualities of my native teacher was the personal focus and Mark definitely knew what we had to concentrate on so I could make big progress in little time" Maite Gonzalez, Madrid, Spain Please note, I don´t teach beginner levels (A1-A2). I do pre-intermediate or above (B1, B2, C1, C2).

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