Correct Uses of Can Could May Might and Must: Verb Part 4 for Bank & SSC

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    Uses of Can Could May Might and Must

    Hey Aspirants, We know English section is a bottleneck for many aspirants and because of this weakness they did not able to crack the competitive exams like BANK PO/Clerk, SBI PO/ Clerk, SSC CGL/ CHSL etc. This is the Verb Part 4  on Uses of Can Could May Might and Must.

    Use of Can and Could

    #1. To express ability, capacity & power we use Can.
    Ex-

    • You can do this work.
    • He can’t handle this situation

    To express ability, capacity & power but in past we use Could.
    Ex-

    • He could not go to school yesterday.
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    #2. To express possibility we use Can. ( generally Interrogative & Negative Sentence)
    Ex-

    • It can be the place we are searching for.
    • It can’t be true.
    • Can it be true?

    To express possibility we use Could. But it is less than Can.
    Ex-

    • It could be the place we are searching for.
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    #3. To make friendly request we use Can.
    Ex-

    • Can I borrow your bike ?

    To make polite request we use Could.
    Ex-

    • Could you provide lectures on Grammar?
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    Do not use ‘able to’ with Can or Could because it makes the sentence Superfluous.

    Ex-

    • He can’t be able to handle this situation. ( Incorrect)
    • He can’t handle this situation. ( Correct)
    • He is not able to handle this situation. (Correct)
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    Use of May

    #4. To express possibility or uncertainty in affirmative sentence we use May.
    Ex-

    • He may come anytime.
    • It may not rain today.
    • It can’t rain today.

    #5. To express wish in optative sentence we use May.
    Ex-

    • May God bless you !
    • May you live long !
    • May God fulfill all your desires !

    #6. To express polite request we use May.
    Ex-

    • May I drink some water ?
    • May I come in sir?

    To express permission we use May.
    Ex-

    • You may go now.
    • You may come in.

    Use of Might

    #7.

    To express less possibility  or uncertainty but in past we use Might.
    Ex-

    • After seeing the cloud he said it might rain tonight.
    • He might come if he was not busy yesterday.

    Use of Must

    #8. To express Duty (obligation), necessity or fixed determination we use Must.
    Ex-

    • I must learn all the rules of Grammar in this month.
    • You must show your ID card at the entrance.
    • I must remember to pay you the rent.
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    If you have any problem in understanding uses of Can Could May Might and Must then you can watch this video on subject verb agreement rules where it was explained thoroughly and in Hindi.

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