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differenciate between can and may and explain the use of ought to and shall.

Asked by Harshita Singh 13th March 2015, 6:37 PM
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Hi Harshita,

The following are the uses of can, may, ought to, and shall.

Can I use your phone to make a call? (Permission) 

I can hold my breath for two minutes. (Ability)

Can I please have your details? (Request)

Can I make you some coffee? (Offer)

I can work on this project. (Possibility, Ability)

May I ask a question? (Permission)

You may have to wait a little longer. (Possibility)

  • Ought to is used to express that something is the right thing to do. 

You ought to admit that you cheated in the exam. 

  • Ought is used to predict that something is expected based on normal circumstances or logic.

The weather ought to be pleasant in February. 

  • Shall is used to indicate future action. 

I shall never forget this day for life. (Promise)

Shall I help you in making dinner? (Suggestion)

He shall become our next governor. (Predestination)

I am afraid the patient shall succumb to his injuries. (Inevitability)

Answered by Expert 13th March 2015, 7:45 PM
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