Asking questions using modal verbs. Hey Matt, it's a beautiful day, isn't it? >> Yeah, what's up? >> Did you get the invitation to my party? >> Yeah. >> Are you able to come? >> I think so. When should I come? >> Could you come early to set up
the dance floor, maybe around 6? >> The dance floor? Wow!
Sure. I can do that. But do I have to dance? >> Of course you have to dance! Who will I dance with if
you don't dance with me? >> Okay, if I have to, I will. You sure are lucky to
have a friend like me. >> I know.
Now, should we practice? >> Right, sure. >> Let's take a look at how we
make questions with modal verbs. With true modal verbs, we used
the modal followed by the subject and then the main verb. Let's look at an example
from the dialogue. Could you come early to my party? Could you come is the question form, which is different from
the statement form, you could come. Let's look at one more example. Should we practice? Can you identify the parts
of the question? Good. Should is the modal verb. And we is the subject. Finally, we have the main verb
in it's simple form, practice. If we want to ask an information question, we can simply add the wh word to
the beginning of the sentence. For example, when should we practice? Where should we practice? Or why should we practice? Making questions with phrasal
modals is a little different. Let's start with have to. In the dialogue, Nah asks,
do I have to dance? Notice the word order. We need do because we're talking
about the present not the past. Then we have the subject I followed
by have to and the main verb, dance. Can you change this
question into a statement? Good.
I have to dance. Now, let's look at how to make questions
with the phrasal modal, be able to. Molly asks Matt, are you able to come? Can you identify the parts
of the question? Here we have the be verb, which is are,
in this case, followed by the subject, you, then able to, and
the main verb in it's simple form. How can we change this to a statement? Yep, I am able to come. We can also add wh words to these
questions by putting them at the beginning. For example, when are you able to come? Okay, it's your turn. The guests at this party
have a lot of questions. Can you match the questions
to the answers? Number one. Where can I find the bathroom? Good, c. It's down the hall to the right. Number two. Will you dance with me? Yep it's d, I'm sorry, but I'd rather not. Number three,
may I have something to drink? Mm-hm e, of course tea or lemonade. Number four, where should I put this gift? Yep over there on the table please. And finally number five,
do you have to leave early? Yeah, I have an early flight to catch. All right, good job. Now you know how to use
modal verbs in questions. See you next time.