LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||29/SET/2009 4:54 PM|
|Assunto:||Auxiliary and modal verbs|
In the ESL environment you can they are basically "the same", but for a basic distinction:
Auxiliary verbs show tense, shifts in time.
(ex.: am/is/are - was/were , do/does - did , will,
Modal verbs show shifts in meaning such as probabality, possibility, capablility, and permission.
He could go means that he is invited and has the capacity to go.
But their positioning (auxiliary or modal) within the sentence structure is the same (as for questions and affirmative/negative sentences).
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