Use of Modals Must, Need, Dare, Has to, Have to, Had to, Will Have to

In this article, we shall make the use of the modals such as Must, Need, Dare, Has to, Have to, Had to, Will Have to etc. As we have already told you in our previous blogs about the use of modals along with Practice Sets, we assume this time there is no need.

You can read our Modals related posts by using the following links –

Use of Modals Would / Should/ Can / Could/ May/ Might/ Ought to

Use of Will / Shall/ Used to

Practice Set for Modals

Use of Must –

Rule 1. We use must to express compulsion or strong moral obligation.

e.g. – a. A judge must be honest.

b. Patients must take medicines in time.

c. We must obey the rules of the road.

Rule 2. To express strong determination –

e.g a. We must work hard now.

b. We must do or die.

Rule 3. To express strong likelihood / certainty-

e.g. a. John must be a thief.

b. She must be in the school this time.

Rule 4. To show prohibition –

a. You must not smoke here.

b. He must not enter my room without my permission.

Use of the Modal

Need –

To show necessity –

As a modal, need is used in both negative and interrogative sentences –

e.g. a. You need not go there.

b. Need I remind you ?

Note – If we use need in affirmative sentences, it works as the main verb.

a. I need your help.

b. He needed my help.

Use of Dare – To show courage –

Like need, we use dare in negative and interrogative sentences.

e.g. a. Children dare not go outside this time.

b. How dare you touch my books ?

Dare as a main verb –

a. He did not dare to touch my books.

b. He dared to come here without my permission.

Has to/ Have to – To show necessity or obligation with the endings पड़ता है/ पड़ती है / ना है/ नी है  इत्यादि

e.g. a. We have to work harder this time.

b. I have get up early in the morning.

c. We have to go now.

d. She has to take tea.

Modal Had to – This is the past of Has to/ Have to

a.She had to work hard during her college time.

b. I had to take tea.

Will have to/ Shall have to -It shows future

e.g. a. You will have to go now.

b. Children will have to work hard.

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