MODAL VERBS : CAN, COULD, WILL, WOULD
A. We can use can or could to :
– Make request
Can I make a phone call?
Could you tell me the number, please?
– Give or refuse permission
You can use my mobile phone
You can’t go there. It’s private
– Make an offer
Can I take your coat?
– Say that something is possible or impossible
I can’t get through to them : their phone’s always engaged.
B. We use would to :
– Make a request : Would you open the door?
– Make offers : Would you like a glass of water?
C. We use may to make a request :
May I speak to Arthur
Sumber : Hand Out English Professional I Stie PGRI DEWANTARA JOMBANG by Ida Setyawati, S.Pd, M.Pd