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  • Réponse publiée par: Rosalesdhan

    Defending themselves in court


  • Réponse publiée par: JUMAIRAHtheOTAKU


    modal verbs

    the modal verbs include can, must, may, might, will, would, should. they are used with other verbs to express ability, obligation, possibility, and so on. below is a list showing the most useful modals and their most common meanings:

    modal           meaning                                 example

    can           to express ability                         i can speak a little russian.

    can           to request permission                 can i open the window?

    may           to express possibility                 i may be home late.

    may           to request permission                 may i sit down, please?

    must   to express obligation                 i must go now.

    must   to express strong belief             she must be over 90 years old.

    should   to give advice                       you should stop smoking.

    would   to request or offer               would you like a cup of tea?

    would   in if-sentences                     if i were you, i would say sorry.

    modal verbs are unlike other verbs. they do not change their form (spelling) and they have no infinitive or participle (past/present). the modals must and can need substitute verbs to express obligation or ability in the different tenses. here are some examples:

    past simple sorry i'm late. i had to finish my math test.

    present perfect she's had to return to korea at short notice.

    future you'll have to work hard if you want to pass the exams.

    infinitive i don't want to have to go.

    past simple i couldn't/wasn't able to walk until i was 3 years old.

    present perfect i haven't been able to solve this problem. can you help?

    future i'm not sure if i will be able to come to your party.

    infinitive i would love to be able to play the piano.

    modals are auxiliary verbs. they do not need an additional auxiliary in negatives or questions. for example: must i come? (do i must or: he shouldn't smoke (he doesn't should smoke).

    important: the explanations and examples on this page are just an introduction to this extensive and complex area of english grammar. students of english who want to learn more should consult a good reference work, such as swan's practical english usage.

  • Réponse publiée par: nila93

    a hot potato

    speak of an issue (mostly current) which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed

    a penny for your thoughts

    a way of asking what someone is thinking

    actions speak louder than words

    people's intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.

    add insult to injury

    to further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.

    at the drop of a hat

    meaning: without any hesitation; instantly.

    back to the drawing board

    when an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.

    ball is in your court

    it is up to you to make the next decision or step

    barking up the wrong tree

    looking in the wrong place. accusing the wrong person

    be glad to see the back of

    be happy when a person leaves.

    beat around the bush

    avoiding the main topic. not speaking directly about the issue.

    best of both worlds

    meaning: all the advantages.

    best thing since sliced bread

    a good invention or innovation. a good idea or plan.

    bite off more than you can chew

    to take on a task that is way to big.

    blessing in disguise

    something good that isn't recognized at first.

    burn the midnight oil

    to work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting.

    can't judge a book by its cover

    cannot judge something primarily on appearance.

    caught between two stools

    when someone finds it difficult to choose between two alternatives.

    costs an arm and a leg

    this idiom is used when something is very expensive.

    cross that bridge when you come to it

    deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before.

    cry over spilt milk

    when you complain about a loss from the past.

    curiosity killed the cat

    being inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.

    cut corners

    when something is done badly to save money.

    cut the mustard [possibly derived from "cut the muster"]

    to succeed; to come up to expectations; adequate enough to compete or participate

    devil's advocate

    to present a counter argument

    don't count your chickens before the eggs have hatched

    this idiom is used to express "don't make plans for something that might not happen".

    don't give up the day job

    you are not very good at something. you could definitely not do it professionally.

    don't put all your eggs in one basket

    do not put all your resources in one possibility.

    drastic times call for drastic measures

    when you are extremely desperate you need to take drastic actions.

    elvis has left the building

    the show has come to an end. it's all over.

    every cloud has a silver lining

    be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.

    far cry from

    very different from.

    feel a bit under the weather

    meaning: feeling slightly ill.

    give the benefit of the doubt

    believe someone's statement, without proof.

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