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  • Learn to Ask Questions with a Modal Verb

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    • Modal verb
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    Modal verb Auxiliary verb Question Tourism

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Ask The Right Question With the Right Modal Verb

Understand how to choose the right modal verb in a question sentence.

Forming a question is easy. You just have to flip the subject and the modal verb.

I should see a dentist.

Should I see a dentist?

Forming a question using a modal verb

To form a question with a question word (What, when, where, how, why, which), just put the question word at the front.

How may I help you?

What can you buy in the store?

Questions with parts of speech labelled

You need to choose the right modal verb carefully.

"have to" is for obligation (need to, must). We don't usually form a question with "must". We say, "Do you need to ...?"

Examples: Do I have to go to school? Does a teacher have to give homework on the weekend?

"can" and "could" are for ability (able to).

Examples (can): Can your baby walk? Can a casino ever lose money?

Example (could): How could you be so irresponsible?

"could", "can", and "may" are for permission or request (is it OK to). Questions with "could" or "may" are polite, and questions with "can" are between friends or families.

Examples of "could" and "may": Professor, may I ask a question? Ms. Wilk, could you review my report, please?

Example of "can": Ashley, can I come to your house tonight? Jason! Can you move?

"should" is for suggestion (an advice).

Examples: What should I study today? When should the students go to the gym?

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Tourist Attractions

A tourist travels to different cities or towns to enjoy different cultures or scenery. There are many tourist attractions in a place like Canada. Some people like to visit historical buildings. Some people like to shop. Some people like to eat in a local restaurant. Let's take a look at various tourist attractions in popular cities and towns.

Old Quebec City

Old cities or towns

(Old Quebec City, Quebec Canada)

Basketball game

Sports event (basketball, soccer, tennis etc)

Notre Dame Cathedral

Cathedrals, churches

(Notre Dame Cathedral, Ottawa, Canada)

Washington Monument

Monument, memorial sites

(Washington Monument, Washington, DC, USA)

Big Ben Clock

Famous landmarks

(Big Ben Clock, London, UK)

Natural History Museum

Museums, galleries, arts

(Natural History Museum, London, UK)

Local market

Local market, farmer's market

Chef in Osaka

Restaurants, local food, pubs

(Osaka, Japan)

Christmas event, Erfurt

Festivals, events

(Christmas event, Erfurt, Germany)

Live music in Portugal

Live music events, concert halls, orchestra

(Live music in Portugal)

Canoeing in Algonquin Park

National parks, nature, hiking, canoing, camping, cottage

(Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada)


Spa, salon, beauty parlors

BC Parliament Building

Historical buildings

(BC parliament buildings, Victoria, Canada)

Shopping mall

Shopping malls, shopping centres

Canada's Wonderland

Amusement parks

(Canada's Wonderland, Ontario, Canada)

Visiting friends or relatives

Friends' or relatives' house

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