The General pattern of Modal Auxiliaries in a sentence is

 S + Modal Auxiliaries + V1 + C

1.         WILL

The uses of  WILL :

1.1.     in future tenses. (see Tenses)

1.2.     to express a REQUEST :

e.g.     A      :     Hey…  what’s  the matter with you?  Not feeling well, huh?

B       :     Will you get me some aspirin?

A      :     Sure. Here it is. Get some sleep for a moment then.

B       :     Thanks.

1.3.     to express a PROMISE (with first person)

e.g.     A      :     Don’t you remember that today is father’s birthday ?

B       :     Of course, I do.

A      :     So don’t forget to go home earlier!

B       :     I will.

1.4.     to express THREAT (with first person)

e.g.     A      :     I need some points in these three lessons in order to be promoted.

B       :     What do you want from me?

A      :     Let me know your answers in the final test.

B       :     But …

A      :     I will tell your shameful secret to everyone and send you away from my club.

Another  form of  WILL is BE GOING TO. It is used when we need two modal verbs in our sentence.

e.g.     They may be going to find the other facts. (NOT :  They  may will find the other facts)

He must be going to observe it in his laboratory.

BE GOING TO is used in future tense also. ( see TENSES )

2.         WOULD 

The uses of WOULD

2.1.     in past future tenses ( see TENSES )

2.2.     to express an INVITATION or OFFER

e.g.     A      :     Hey… what are you up to these days?

B       :     Just fine. And you?

A      :     Nothing to complain of. Would you join us? We have a small party to celebrate my graduate.

B       :     I wish  I could but I have something to  do  here. Oh .. congratulation, anyway!

A      :     Thanks.

2.3.     to express a REQUEST ( more polite than WILL ) :

e.g.     A      :     Would you look after my pets?  We will be out of the town for two days.

B       :     I will.

A      :     Sorry to trouble you.

B       :     Don’t worry.

The other forms of polite request  are :

– Would  you like to look after my pets?

– Would  you mind looking after my pets?

– Would  you care to look after my pets?

* WOULD  LIKE  =  WANT in these cases :

e.g.     I  would like to see some more ( more polite )  =  I want  to see some more

Would you like to speak to him?  =  Do you want to speak  to him?

* But see this comparison :

A      :     Would you like to have some tea with us? ( an invitation or offer )

B       :     Thank you. I’d love to.

A      :     Do you want to have some tea? ( a usual question )

B       :     Yes, I do / No, I don’t

* WOULD RATHER / SOONER ( to show preference )

e.g.     He  would  rather  stay here than go with you  =  He  prefers staying here to going with you.

He would rather eat some sea food than chicken =  He  prefers some sea food to chicken.

3.        SHALL

The uses of  SHALL :

3.1.     The same as WILL, it is used in future tense (see TENSES)

3.2.     to express a REQUEST FOR ADVICE OR ORDER

e.g.     A      :     Shall  I  apologize for  not calling  her  up  last night?

B       :     Why not?

A      :     But I doubt that she won’t accept it.

B       :     You haven’t tried it, have you?

3.3.     to express an OFFER

e.g.     A      :     Sorry that I make you wait for some minutes.

B       :     Never mind.

A      :     It is the busiest day. There’s so much work  I have to finish.

B       :     Shall I help you go over these reports ?

A      :     I appreciate your help, anyway, but I’ll manage it by myself.

3.4.     to express a SUGGESTION

e.g.     A      :     There is a speech contest  held  by the students from English department.

B       :     Then, what?

A      :     Shall we take advantage of this chance ?

B       :     Sounds great !

4.         SHOULD

The uses of SHOULD :

4.1.     It can replace SHALL in offer, suggestion and request for advice or order.

4.2.     to give advice / to say what we think it right or good for others to do

e.g.     A      :     You shouldn’t depend on him.

B       :     But he promised to come and help me. Do you  think he will keep his word ?

A      :     I am not sure. I know him for a long time, as I told you. He’s not a good guy.

4.3.     SHOULD with WHY and HOW :


e.g.     How should those birds be able to understand the trainer’s command?

Why should he fire the most faithful employee?

4.3.2. to express IRRITATION or ANGER

e.g.     A      :     Finish it now !

B       :     Why should I ? You have no right to order me !


A      :     What are they talking about ?

B       :     How  should I know it ? It’s not  my  business and yours, too.

5.         OUGHT TO

Its use is the same as SHOULD no. 2

6.         MAY

The uses of  MAY :

6.1.     to express PERMISSION :

6.1.1. to give permission ( affirmative )

e.g.     A      :     Why do you ask for a dog to that man?

B       :     I will take care of it.

A      :     Do your parents permit you?

B       :     Yes, I may keep a pet in my house if I promise to take care of it myself.

6.1.2. to ask for permission ( interrogative )

e.g.     A      :     Excuse me Sir, may I interrupt ?

B       :     Yes, come in.

A       :     Someone urges to meet you though I have told that you are having an important meeting.

B       :     Ask him to get in!

6.1.3. to refuse permission / PROHIBITION ( negative )

e.g.     In the school laboratory,

A      :     We will use some chemical substances which cause our skin burnt if they touch it. So, you may not make a joke here. Don’t forget to use the gloves.

B       :     Yes, Sir !

* In  past and perfect tenses we usually use BE ALLOWED TO but  in indirect speech we can use MIGHT.

e.g.     I was allowed to keep a pet when I was a child.  (=  My parents allowed me / gave me permission to keep…)

They have been allowed to use their rights in this election.

She said,” He may have three days off “.

She said that he might have three days off.

BE  ALLOWED  TO is also used if we want to use two modal verbs  in  our sentence.

e.g.     You  will  be  allowed to leave early  if  everything  is finished. ( NOT : You will may leave …)

The journalists must be allowed to cover up this trial.

6.2.     to  express  POSSIBILITY   (in future or present  and  used  in positive and negative only) :

e.g.     A      :     Look at the two young men standing by the pool!

B       :     What’s wrong?

A      :     They may be the members of FBI.

B       :     How do you know ?

A      :     I often see them where our boss is.

6.3.     to express FAITH or HOPE

e.g.     A      :     Listen ! I have got the promotion!!

B       :     Really? Tell me.

A      :     When I gave my last proposal this morning,  Mr. T told that I should move to the room next to his.

B       :     Oh … I’m glad to hear that. May the great success come to your life! Congratulation!

A      :     Thank you.

7.         MIGHT

The uses of  MIGHT :

7.1.     as past form of MAY used in indirect speech. (see MAY)

7.2.     to express POSSIBILITY (smaller than MAY)

e.g.     A      :     They aren’t familiar to one another, so it might  be easy for them to work in group.

B       :     I don’t think so. Children are always able to adapt to their new environment and friends.


A      :     As those new employees have just graduated, they might be able to handle this unit well.

B       :     I agree with you. They don’t have  enough  experience.

8.         CAN

The uses of  CAN :

8.1.     to express ABILITY (in present or future)

e.g.     A      :     Hey  …  can  you slow down this car  ?  It’s  too slippery.

B       :     Don’t worry,  I  can control it  well.  Don’t you remember that I am the best motorist ?

A      :     Don’t be so proud of yourself.

* BE ABLE TO is another form of CAN. We use it when there are two modals in our sentence.

e.g.     Don’t  worry,  the thief  won’t be able to break  up  this box. ( NOT : the thief won’t can break up …)

My mechanic may be able to fix it. ( NOT :  my mechanic  may can fix it )

Every student should be able to think critically. (  NOT  : every student should can think …)

He must be able to solve it by himself. ( NOT :  he must can solve …)

* BE ABLE TO is also used in PAST and PERFECT tenses.

e.g.     She has been able to calm down those people.

He was able to improve his ability by himself.

8.2.     to express POSSIBILITY ( affirmative only ). It is  different from possibility expressed by MAY.

8.2.1. it means that it is possible if circumstances permit.

e.g.     A      :     I wish that he isn’t late. If he misses the interview, he will lose his chance to get what he is eager to reach.

B       :     I think he can get there in about two hours because the bypass has been opened. So, he will have 30 minutes to prepare himself.

8.2.2. theoretically it is possible.

e.g.     A      :     Please, decrease the temperature quickly! It’s more than normal.

B       :     Why?

A      :     The pipe can burst out if it is overheated

8.2.3. to give information about the characteristics of persons or things.

e.g.     A   :     What do you think about her?

B    :     Why do you ask me?

A   :     You are her cousin, aren’t you?

B    :     As far as I know, she is a sensitive girl. She  can keep herself away from anyone who hurts her, even her boyfriend, for a long time.

8.3.     to  express PERMISSION (in affirmative or question  only  and less formal than MAY)

e.g.     A   :     Can I have some more?   (ask for permission)

B    :     Hey … you are on a diet, aren’t you?

A   :     Not in such situation.

B    :     Hm … that’s why you never lose your weight.


A   :     Listen! I have got good news for us. We can collect our assignment next week.  ( the speaker doesn’t have an authority to give permission)

B    :     How do you know?

A   :     The teacher called me this morning and told that there would be a meeting tomorrow , so the discussion would be cancelled.

8.4.    to express an OFFER

8.4.1. in positive

e.g.     A   :     You look so confused.

B    :     It will be my turn to answer after her but I haven’t got the answer yet.

A   :     You can use my work

B    :     No, thank you. The teacher will know that it is yours.

8.4.2.    in question

e.g.     A   :     How about the preparation?

B    :     I don’t  think that we can finish  it  today.  We still have to contact Mr. D for accommodation.

A   :     Can I call at his office on the way to my house?  I will ring you before dinner.

B    :     That’s  nice of you. Thank you.

A   :     Don’t mention it.

8.5.     to express a REQUEST (less formal than WOULD)

e.g.     A   :     I  am  still confused about this  point.  Can  you explain it to me?

B    :     Sure,  but I can’t do it right now because I  will have a test. How about in the afternoon?

A   :     In your house ?

B    :     Of course, what’s the matter?

A   :     Oh  ..  I  am just afraid that some  one  will  be jealous.

B    :     Don’t be worried, I have no special one.


9.         COULD    

the uses of  COULD :

9.1.     to express PAST ABILITY (= WAS/WERE ABLE TO)

e.g.     A   :     Have you visited him?

B    :     Not yet. How is he?

A   :     He is getting better physically, but it seems  that he  loses his memories. He could /was able to mention  the  formulae  of  solutions  accurately  and spontaneously, but now he has to think hard to find them.


e.g.     A   :     Do  you  remember what we always did in  this  park when we were children?

B    :     Yes,  we  could come here every afternoon  to  play with our friends.

A   :     But now, look at the sign! We can’t even enter it.

9.3.     to express POSSIBILITY :

9.3.1. For affirmative or interrogative sentence, it is the  same as MAY / MIGHT.

e.g.     Would you open the door?  It could / may / might  be your friend.

9.3.2. there is a difference between MAY and COULD in negative.

e.g.     He couldn’t have an answer. (It is impossible  that he has an answer )

He may not have an answer. ( perhaps he doesn’t have an answer )

9.3.3. COULDN’T ( or CAN’T ) can be used for NEGATIVE CONCLUSION / CERTAINTY  ( contrasted to MUST ).

e.g.     A   :     She never comes late.

B    :     She may forget it.

A   :     I don’t think so, I know her. She always keeps her word.  She couldn’t / can’t have someone  to  take her. I’ll phone her for sure.

9.4.     COULD YOU … ? can also be used for introducing a request as an alternative to WOULD YOU…?

e.g.     Would you / could you do me a favor ?

10.       MUST, HAVE TO  and  NEED

The uses of MUST :

10.1.   To express obligation :

Future must

will have to

need not

won’t need to

must not

won’t have to

Present must

have to

need not

don’t need to

must not

don’t have to

Past had to didn’t have to didn’t need to

10.1.1.In  affirmative,  MUST is used in present and  future.  For other  tenses, we use HAVE TO although it can also be  used in present and future (with WILL).

See  the difference between MUST and HAVE TO in present  or future :

e.g.     A  MOTHER  to HER SON : “ When you are thirteen next month , your own room will have been finished  so you must do  your  room yourself . Besides, you have been grown up. Be responsible to yourself “.  (internal obligation or the speaker’s obligation)

A MOTHER to HER SON : “ You will have to do your room when  you  have been in college dormitory as the rule says. You can’t pay someone for it .” (external obligation or the rule of the dormitory)

* In the first person, HAVE TO  is used for habits while MUST for an important or urgent obligation.

e.g.     A      :     Why are you in a hurry?

B       :     Ditto hasn’t come yet. I must call him up to tell that they will arrive in 15 minutes. He is the MC.


A      :     What time is it?

B       :     19.45

A      :     Oh… my GOD, I have to tell my parents that I will be late for dinner.

B       :     Do you have to do it?

A      :     Yes, every member of my family will do it. It’s our habit whenever we will go home late in order that they aren’t worried about us.


10.1.2.   NEED  can  be treated as an auxiliary and  used  mainly  in negative and interrogative. It has no past form, and usually used for present or future. ( see the table above )

e.g.     A      :  You  needn’t  do it in a hurry. I have  put  off  the meeting till next week. ( The speaker has an authority  to state that an action is unnecessary )

B       :     Yes, Sir!


A      :     Can I borrow your dictionary?

B       :     What for ?

A      :     to finish the vocabulary task ! Do you forget about it?

B       :     Are you daydreaming ?  Don’t you remember that it’s always collected at the end of a month?  We still have much time. You don’t have to /  don’t need to do it now.  ( for habit or negative external obligation )


A  :  You  must  not do it in a hurry because  if  you  are careless  and  make  a  mistake,   it will  explode.  (negative internal obligation / prohibition )

B  :   but we have limited time, Sir!

A  :   Don’t worry, I will ask Mr. D to help you! Our success depends on you, so do be careful !

10.1.3.   There  are  some possible answers  in  interrogative  using MUST,

Shall I have to? Yes, you will No, you won’t
Does he have to go? Yes, he does No, he doesn’t
Need I go? Yes, you must No, you needn’t
Must I go? Yes, you must No, you needn’t

e.g.     A   :     You must supply them with the correct information.

B    :     Must I supply them with the data too?

A   :     No, you needn’t.

B    :     The  correct information usually includes the  correct data, doesn’t it?

A   :     Yes, but not in this case. You  should  understand that  sometimes  we  don’t have  to  give  anything clearly to anyone who wants to know about us.


10.2.   to express a POSITIVE CONCLUSION / CERTAINTY :

e.g.     A   :     Look, it seems that there is no vacant seat for the three of us.

B    :     I  don’t  think so, because Mr. D told me  that  he still had 30 % of the tickets left.

A   :     So, there must be some seats vacant in the front.


* See the difference between MUST and MAY or MIGHT :

A   :     What should I give her? She refused all I gave  to her.

B    :     Give the food which is cooked by yourself. She may accept it because she likes your cooking.

A   :     I have, but still she doesn’t touch it.

B    :     (thinks for a moment) Ha … it must work out.

A   :     What’s in your mind ?

B    :     You  don’t need to give it yourself. Let  her  boyfriend do it.

A   :     You are a smart man.


11.       DARE


As an auxiliary, it is usual in negative or question form.

Negative present / past                He does not dare /  dares not

He did not dare / dared not


Interrogative present / past        Does he dare? / Dare he?

Did he dare? / Dared he?


e.g.     He doesn’t dare (to) say anything after that quarrel.

He dares not (to) say anything after that quarrel.


Did he dare interrupt them?

Dared he interrupt them?



expresses indignation or anger.


e.g.     How  dare you open my letter without my permission  ?  (= I’m angry with you for opening it)

How dared he make  a fool  of  her in front of the  audience last night ? ( = I was really indignant of his behavior )






V1 V2 V3 V1-ing V (s/es)
do did done doing does
work worked worked working works
cut cut cut cutting cuts
study studied studied studying studies

 Note : Look up the irregular verbs at your dictionary.


 2.1.          SIMPLE PRESENT

2.1.1.Pattern :

(+) S + V1(-s/-es)

(-) S + do/does + not + V1

(?) Do/Does + S + V1?

e.g.          The wind blows quite hard.

The wind does not blow quite hard

Does the wind blow quite hard?

Yes, it does / No, it doesn’t

2.1.2.       The uses of Present Simple : to express present habitual action

   time signal: every (day, week… etc.), once a  (week, month, … etc.),  always,etc.

e.g.          The milkman comes at 5.30 am every morning.

The students get an English lesson four times a week.   to express general truth

e.g.        Water freezes at 00 centigrade.

Every creature needs love. to  express feelings, condition or states, etc. in  present

e.g.          We hate his behavior.

I’m hungry.

He knows many languages. to express the future time which is related to a timetable (as in the one at the airport ,  railway station, theater, or movie)

e.g.          The plane leaves from Surabaya at three o’clock so we must hurry now.

The “Psycho” begins at 18.00 and 21.30.


2.2.1. Pattern :

(+) S + is/am/are + V1-ing

(-) S + is/am/are + not + V1-ing

(?) Is/Am/Are + S + V1-ing?

e.g.          The astronomers are trying to discover the new galaxy.

The  astronomers aren’t trying to discover the new  galaxy.

Are the astronomers trying to discover the new galaxy ?

Yes, they are / No, they are not

2.2.2.       The uses of Present Continuous : to express the activity that is in progress at  the moment of speaking

   Time signal : now, right now, at this moment

e.g.          He is feeding those animals right now.

All students aren’t having final test at this moment. to  express the activity that is in  progress  but  not necessarily at the moment of speaking. The subject may be doing something else. The action that is mentioned in the sentence shows that it is still in progress within the period of  time.

   Time signal: this (afternoon, week…etc.) , today.

e.g.          The  professor  is  having a  research  on  the  new  theory this month.

(This sentence means that he isn’t in his library now and may be doing something else which doesn’t have any relation to his research.)

   The members of the committee are preparing the band festival this week.

(The action of preparing is only done after the school over, and they may be in class now)   to express an event which has been planned for the future ( see also: Present future continuous)

e.g.          We are visiting the Borobudur temple then.

The speaker is speaking about the effect of the drugs after this.

The guests are having lunch in 10 minutes.   with linking verbs to show a present change of condition :

e.g.          It is growing dark.

He is getting weaker and weaker.

2.2.3. Verbs that can’t be used in continuous tense :    Verbs of senses : feel, hear, smell, see, taste.

e.g.          This food tastes very delicious.  (= its taste is very delicious)

 BUT, compare these :

This food tastes very delicious (  in simple tenses)

Everyone is tasting it.  ( can be in continuous tenses. It means an action of tasting the food. The verb can be used in progressive tense)

I saw someone talking to the headmaster when I passed by his office. (This sentence means I didn’t look at him. It was only at a glance)

I was seeing my sick friend when I met him (see = visit, so it can be in  progressive tense)

This room smells bad .  (= the smell of this room is bad)

The researchers are smelling what gas in this hole is. (= an action of smelling and the verb can be in progressive tense)

The maid heard some persons arguing upstairs last night. (This sentence means she didn’t try to listen to it. It was only a coincidence)

Many people are hearing the judge’s decision in a court seriously. (it is formal situation and the verb can be used in progressive tense) Verbs of possession  :  have, posses, belong to, own.

e.g.          Who owns this beautiful car?

Everyone has special characteristics.

This boutique belongs to the most designer in this town.

He possess everything by struggling!   Verbs  which express feelings or emotions : adore,  wish, fear, appreciate, hate, like, love, etc.

 e.g.          We appreciate your great attention.

I hate hot weather.  of mental activity : agree, believe, expect,  feel (= think, have opinion), forget, know, mean, realize, recognize, see(= understand), remember, trust, etc.

e.g.          They understand the Present Tense now.

I often forget my telephone number.

But, compare these sentences :

I think that he doesn’t recognize me  (= an opinion)

What is she thinking about?  She looks serious. (= the action of having a thought. The verb can be in progressive tense)

2.3.          SIMPLE PAST

2.3.1.       Pattern :

(+) S + V2

(-) S + did + not + V1

(?) Did + S + V1?

e.g.          The temperature fell into 22o Centigrade this morning.

The  temperature didn’t fall into 22o  Centigrade  this morning.

Did the temperature fall into 22o Centigrade this morning?  Yes, it did / No, it didn’t

3.2.          The uses of Simple Past :   to express activity that occurred / existed in the past. in a point of time

   Time signal: yesterday, last (year, month…etc), this morning, (two days, six months,…etc. ) ago

e.g.          They left our town an hour ago.

The artists didn’t have a show of their new  paintings last year. over a period of time

   Time signal : during (the summer, the holiday…etc.),  from (1990 to 1999),  for (three days, two years ,..etc.),  all afternoon, years ago, when I was young, …  etc.

e.g.          My grandfather suffered from kidney trouble when he was alive.

The  workers worked hard all day long  without  any rest at all.

The rescuers evacuated the victims of the explosion from 06.00a.m to 05.00 p.m. yesterday.  the time is indicated by the context or situation.

e.g.          The Dutch exiled Soekarno and his friends because they were always against them.

U.S beat Japan in the Second World War.   to express past habitual action.

e.g.          We  had  a  nice breakfast every  morning  when  we stayed in the village.

The old man went climbing once a month from 1960 to 1980.

“Used to + V1” can be used to show Past habit :

e.g.          The   people   used to believe that the  Earth  was flat

used  to go to school on foot together  with  my friends when I was at Senior High School.


2.4.1.       Pattern :

(+) S + was/were + V1-ing

(-) S + was/were + not + V1-ing

(?) Was/were + S + V1-ing ?

e.g.          All students were having a morning ceremony.

All students were not having a morning ceremony.

Were all students having a morning ceremony ?

Yes, they were / No, they weren’t

2.4.2.       The Uses of Past Continuous :   to  express  activity that was in progress at the time when another activity happened in the past.

e.g.          The sun was shinning brightly when I got up.

The  Students were examining the frogs when one  of  them jumped off the table.  to express two activities that were happening at the same time (simultaneously).

e.g.          The  man  was digging a hole while  the  woman  was sweeping the garbage.

The  journalist was writing a note while  listening to the speech.    to emphasize the continuity or the progress of an activity in the past.

e.g.          What were you doing all morning ? I called you up twice but there was no answer.


2.5.1.       Pattern :

(+) S + has/have + V3

(-) S + has/have + not + V3

(?) Have/Has + S + V3?

e.g.          The General has sent his troops.

The General hasn’t sent his troops

Has the General sent his troops?

Yes, he has  /  No, he hasn’t

2.5.2.       The uses of Simple Present Perfect : to  express  finished action in a relatively  short  time before the moment of speaking  It is a present result of an activity in the past.

   Time signal : just, already, before, yet.

e.g.          We have just handed on our report to the editor so if  you want to know it, you can ask him now .

I’m sure they haven’t got our message yet because they don’t give any respond. to express activity that began in the past and  continues up  to  the  present .

   Time signal : since (yesterday, two years ago, 2002…etc.), for (two years, three weeks,…etc.)

e.g.          We   have  learnt English for four years, but  we  are not able to speak it well.

This sentence means that we began to learn English four years ago and up to this time we still learn it.

Do you know how she is?  We haven’t heard about her since three months ago.

This sentence means that our last meeting was three months ago.  to express activity that has been repeated up to present.

e.g.          I have written three letters and will continue the fourth after lunch.

We have paid a visit to that beautiful spot twice and plan to go there next holiday.

See the comparison between Simple Past and Simple Present Perfect below!

He  met me a minute ago.

   ( * not  yesterday  or two days ago but  a  minute ago, so it emphasizes the time of the action).

He has already met me.

   (* to  show that the action of meeting has been  completed, no matter when it happened).

The   athlete   has  run  around   the  stadium twice.

   (* it is still possible for him to run again)

The athlete ran around the stadium twice.

( * It is just a report that he did it twice and there is no possibility to do it again at present)


2.6.1.       Pattern :

(+) S + has/have + been + V1-ing

(-) S + has/have + not + been + V1-ing

(?) Has/Have + S + been + V1-ing ?

e.g.          The president has been giving a speech for an hour.

The president has not been giving a speech for an hour.

Has the president been giving a speech for an hour ?

Yes, he has / No, he hasn’t

2.6.2.       The  use  of Present Perfect Continuous is to express the action that began in the past,  and is still in progress at present especially at the time of speaking and may continue up to the future time.

e.g.          The  people have been standing there to get the  ticket for the show since an hour ago.

This sentence means that they are still there.

The machine has been working all day long.  Ask the operator to stop it for a while in order that it doesn’t overheat.


2.7.1.       Pattern :

(+) S + will/shall + V1

(-) S + will/shall + not + V1

(?) Will/Shall + s +  V1?

e.g.          That family will adopt a child from an orphanage.

That family will not adopt a child from an orphanage.

Will that family adopt a child from an orphanage?

Yes, they will / No, they will not.

* SHALL is sometimes used for the first person (  I and WE )

2.7.2.       Time signal : tomorrow, next week /…, in two hours /in …, soon, immediately.

2.7.3.       The uses of Present Future : to express the activity which will happen in the future.

e.g.          There will be some important guests in our town  tomorrow.

Will the people know about his real profession soon?   used with clauses of condition, time or purpose.

e.g.          I’ll go if she wants me to. (clause of condition)

The work will begin when the instructor comes. (clause of time)

Some experts will have another observation about healthy food for babies in order that they can get nutritious food for their growth. (clause of purpose)

2.7.4.       The differences between WILL and TO BE GOING TO in expressing the future action are as follows: in decision or intention :

e.g.          Look, the old man is trying to cross the street. I will help him.

   ( * there is no preparation or plan before and usually  it is the first person’s intention)

When  I passed by her house this morning, some  people  were busy. She is going to have a big party tonight.

   ( * there is  a preparation / plan or it has been determined before) in prediction :

e.g.          I  think that he will realize what he did after having  your advice.

   ( * to express the speaker’s opinion,  assumption  or what  he believes that it will happen. It can  be  introduced by these verbs : think, know, believe, doubt,  expect, be afraid, wonder, etc.)

 Oh.. how hot today is. It is going to rain hard

   ( * there is a sign that something will happen)


2.8.1.       Pattern :

(+) S + will + be + V1-ing

(-) S + will + not + be + V1-ing

(?) Will + s + be + V1-ing?

e.g.          The teachers will be having a meeting next week.

The teachers will not be having a meeting next week.

Will The teachers be having a meeting next week ?

Yes, they will / No, they will not

2.8.2.       Time Signal : the same with the Simple Present Future.

2.8.3.       The uses of Present Future Continuous :    to express  the activity  that has already been fixed  or decided for the future based on  : present habit

e.g.          Don’t call me up at 5 p.m. tomorrow because I will be having a mathematic course.

It’s Monday. You can meet the two professors because they will be examining  the  result of their  research  in  this laboratory. They meet each other every Monday to discuss about their research. agreement, appointment or contemporary schedule.

e.g.          The  Professor  will be giving a speech at the same time tomorrow.  (as his schedule says)

I  can’t accompany you to see around the town  next Sunday  because  I will be  preparing  my  cousin’s birthday party. to  express a polite way of asking about somebody’s  plan in the future. (in question only)

e.g.          Will  you  be  taking  a  picture of the  landscape in  that  village  next weekend ?  I  want  to  join you.

Will  you  be moving all these plants to  your  new house ? We would like to help you.


2.9.1.       Pattern :

(+) S + had + V3

(-) S + had + not + V3

(?) Had + S + V3?

e.g.          The judge had made a wise decision.

The judge had not made a wise decision.

Had the judge made a wise decision?

Yes, he had / No, he hadn’t

2.9.2.       The uses of Past Perfect :   to express  an  activity that had happened earlier  than another action in the past.

e.g.          He  had moved to this school before you were born.

They had gone when I realized what was happening.

They  did  it  after they had  got  the  director’s order.

They  had  thrown the valuable things away  by  the time the police arrived. used in reported speech.

e.g.          She said, “ I have already accepted them.”

She said that she had already accepted them.

She asked, “ How long have you been here?”

She asked how long I had been here   used in conditional sentence type 3.

e.g.          If I had had enough time, I would have finished  it well.

She wouldn’t have been there if you hadn’t called her.    used to express unfulfilled plan

e.g.            Everyone had hoped to get the author’s signature, but he directly left the conference.

I had thought of leaving early morning, but cancelled it.


2.10.1.    Pattern :

(+) S + had + been + V1-ing

(-) S + had + not + been + V1-ing

(?) Had + S + been + V1-ing?

e.g.         Everyone had been standing in row for an hour before the actress came.

Everyone had not been standing in row for an hour before the actress came.

Had  everyone  been standing in row for an  hour  before the actress came ?

Yes, they had / No, they hadn’t

2.10.2.    Time  signal : we can use the time signal of  Simple Past Perfect.

2.10.3.    The uses of Past Perfect Continuous : to indicate an action that continued up to or into the time  when another time in the past began and it was still in progress.

e.g.          He had been sleeping for an hour when his  parents came home.

This sentence means that he was sleeping when his parents  came. used in indirect speech :

e.g.          They told us, “ We have been looking for a job  for a long time. “

They  told us that they had been looking for a  job for a long time.

He asked, “ Was everyone preparing their own  material yesterday? “

He asked whether everyone had been preparing  their own material the day before. used in conditional sentence type 3 :

e.g.          They  might have died if they hadn’t  been  wearing the disinfectant coat.

                  If I had been swimming, the wave would have taken me too.


2.11.1.    Pattern :

(+) S + will/shall + have + V3

(-) S + will/shall + not + have + V3

(?) Will/Shall + S + have + V3 ?

e.g.          My secretary will have finished it before lunch.

My secretary will not have finished it before lunch.

Will your secretary have finished it before lunch?

Yes, she will / No, she won’t

2.11.2.    Time signal : before (you arrive…etc.) , by (next week..etc.)., when (the time is over…etc.), by the time (you come home…etc.)

2.11.3.    The use  of  Simple  Present Future Perfect  is  to  indicate an action  that will be completed at the point of the time  in the future.

e.g.          He will have seen some interesting sights before he returns. So when we meet him later, he can tell us about his experiences.

The plane will have taken off by the time we get to  the airport. That’s why, let’s hurry up.


2.12.1.    Pattern :

(+) S + will/shall + have + been + V1-ing

(-) S + will/shall + not + have + been + V1-ing

(?) Will/Shall + S + have + been + V1-ing?

e.g.          He will have been working here for twenty five years by the end of this month.

He  will  not have been working here  for  twenty  five years by the end of this month.

Will he have been working here for twenty five years by the end of this month ?

Yes, he will  /  No, he won’t

2.12.2.    Time signal : the same as SIMPLE PRESENT FUTURE PERFECT

2.12.3.    The Use of Present Future Perfect Continuous is to express an action that will still be in progress at a given future time.

e.g.          The trainees will have been having a practice for a week by tomorrow. It is the fourth day for them.

Our  employees  will have been doing it  for  about three hours when we arrive there, so you can know how they are working.


2.13.1.    Pattern :

(+) S + would + V1

(-) S + would + not + V1

(?) Would + s + V1?

e.g.          She would sit here and see the flying birds.

She would not sit here and see the flying birds

Would she sit here and see the flying birds ?

Yes, she would / No, she wouldn’t

2.13.2.    The uses of Simple Past Future : used  in Reported Speech when  the  main  verb is past

e.g.          She said, “ I will be ready in a few minutes.”

She said that she would be ready in a few minutes.

He asked me, “Will you move to another  office soon ?”

He asked me whether I would move to another  office soon. used in conditional sentence type 2

e.g.          I would clean the house myself if I had time

His children would be happy if he were at home used  in talking about something which was in the  future at that time but which had not happened yet.

e.g.          Last time I saw your family, they would have a long journey.

In 1956 there was a smart boy who would be a president of United States.

We had  better  use WOULD to express future in the past  for  the first person.

e.g.          I would make some changes on my data when they saw my work.


2.14.1.    Pattern :

(+) S + would + be + V1-ing

(-) S + would + not + be + V1-ing

(?) Would + S + be + V1-ing ?

e.g.          He would be seeing the doctor if he didn’t have a guest

He  would not be seeing the doctor if he didn’t have a stomach trouble.

If  he  did  not have a guest,  would he  be  seeing  a doctor ?

2.14.2.    The uses of Past Future Continuous :  used  in Reported Speech when  the  main verb is past.

e.g.          She said,” I will be doing some shopping this evening.”

She said that she would be doing some shopping that evening.

He  wanted to know,”  Will they be having  a  show the following week ? “

He  wanted to know if they would be having  a  show the following week used in conditional sentence type 2

e.g.          They  would  be having a discussion if they  got  the result from their partner.

If  everyone  knew about this news, they  would  be talking about it now.


2.15.1.    Pattern :

(+) S + would + have + V3

(-) S + would + not + have + V3

(?) Would + S + have + V3?

e.g.          She would have been there if she had been invited

She wouldn’t have been there if she hadn’t been invited

Would she have been there if she had been invited?

2.15.2.    The uses of  Simple Past Future Perfect used  in Reported Speech when  the  main verb is past

e.g.          He  told me,” I will have had the last  interview by the end of the month.”

He  told me that he would have had the last  interview by the end of the month.

He  asked,” When will I have got the result of  the experiment ?”

He  asked when he would have got the result of  the experiment. used in conditional sentence type 3

e.g.          They  would have saved all the victims if they  had had good instrument.

If  his parents had listened to the  warning,  they would have been here safely.


2.16.1.    Pattern :

(+) S + would + have + been + V1-ing

(-) S + would + not + have + been + V1-ing

(?) Would + S + have + been + V1-ing?

e.g.         She would have been training them if there had been a new project.

She wouldn’t have been training them if there hadn’t  been a new project.

Would she have been training them if there hadn’t  been a new project?

2.16.2. The uses of Past Future Perfect Continuous used  in Reported Speech when the  main verb is past

e.g.          He told,” They will have been having a test for two days by Thursday.”

He told that they would have been having a test for two days by Thursday.

He asked,”  How long will they have been testing  the instruments before the launching ?”

He asked how long they would have been testing  the instruments before the launching .  used in conditional sentence type 3

e.g.          The audience would have been staying on their seats if the attractions had not been so boring.

The  students  would have  been  cleaning  their class if it hadn’t been locked.






1.1.         Form of “TO BE”

V1 V2 V3 V1– ing Present
be was / were been being is/am are

1.2.            The verb “be” is followed by :

1.2.1.        Adjective

e.g.           – The problem is difficult            – The people were angry.

– Those students are clever.     – The party was amazing.

difficult, angry, clever and amazing are adjective.

*                The function of  adjective is to describe a noun.

Some positions of  adjective are :                 in noun phrase

e.g.                        –  a  smart  boy   (=  a boy who is smart)

– an easy  question (= a question which is easy) in a sentence after to be or linking verbs

such as : appear, become, get, go, grow, look, run, seem, smell, sound, turn, etc.

    (* the adjective after to be or linking verbs functions as complement of to be)

e.g.        –  This boy is creative

–  That  cake looks delicious

–  The audience was impatient to see their favorite actor.

1.2.2     Noun

e.g.       – They are new workers.

– He was my headmaster

– English will be our main subject in this school.

new workers, my headmaster and our main subject are Noun (phrases)

1.2.3.    Adverb (of place)

e.g.       – Our headmaster is in his office.

– They have been inside the church.

in his office and inside the church are Adverb of place.

1.3.         The verb “be” can be followed by :

1.3.1.     age          :   – She is fifteen.

1.3.2.     size or weight    :- The tree is 1.25 m high.

– This baggage is 10 kilograms.

1.3.3.     price          :          – This picture is two million dollars.


1.4.         The examples of “to be” in different tenses :

1.4.1.     Present                :               – All of them are our important guests.

1.4.2.     Past                       :               – All of them were our important guests.

1.4.3.     Present Future      :         – All of them will be our important guests.

1.4.4.     Present Perfect     :         -All of them have been our important guests.

  1. The verb “TO HAVE”

2.1.       Form :

V1 V2 V3 V1– ing V1 (s/es)
have had had having has

2. 2.          The basic meaning of “ to have” is to posses.

  1. e.g. – Mr. Andi has a wonderful villa here.

– Mr. Andi doesn’t have a wonderful villa here.

– Does Mr. Andi have a wonderful villa here ?

Yes, he does / No, he doesn’t

2.3.        The examples of “to have” in different tenses :

2.3.1.     Present Simple           :- We have the answers.

2.3.2. Past Simple :- We had the answers.

2.3.3. Simple Present Future :- We  will have the answers.

2.3.4. Simple Present Perfect :- We have had the answers.

2.3.5. Simple Present Future Perfect:- We will have had the answers.

2.3.6. Simple Past Perfect :-We had had the answers.

2.4. “To have” can be used to mean :

2.4.1. to take (a meal / food or drink / a bath / a lesson, etc.)

e.g. – Our family always has breakfast.

– We need to have a computer course.

2.4.2. to give / to hold ( a party)

e.g. – Shall we have a welcome party for them ?

– The club will be having a garden party here next Sunday

2.4.3. to face / to encounter

e.g. – I don’t have any difficulties with the test.

– She had a difficult problem with her right hand.

2.4.4. to spend / to experience

e.g. – All of us will have a nice holiday.

– He had a lovely evening with his children.