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  1. In English, there are two basic types of questions: Yes / No questions and Wh– questions. Yes / No questions are also called closed questions because there are only two possible responses: Yes or No
  2. Modal verbs are for example may, can, must, should, need. They express an ability, permission, wish etc. to do something. (I may, can, must swim.) Many modal verbs cannot be used in all of the English tenses. That's why we need to know the substitutes to these modal verbs.
  3. Shall is not used often in modern English especially in American English. In fact, shall and will have the same meaning and are used to refer to the simple future.
  4. Must and have to are modal verbs in English. This page will guide you to the proper use of these modals.
  5. Modal verbs, sometimes called modals, are auxiliary verbs (helping verbs). They express such things as possibility, probability, permission and obligation.
  6. The present continuous is used when we say what we have planned and arranged to do at a specific time in the future. These are fixed plans with definite time and/or place.
  7. The future progressive tense  indicates an action that will occur over a period of time at some point in the future. It expresses events that will last for a duration of time at some point in the future. It is also called the future continuous tense. The future progressive tense is also used in the future perfect progressive.
  8. The simple future is a verb tense that's used to talk about things that haven't happened yet. Use the simple future to talk about an action or condition that will begin and end in the future.
  9. The past progressive , also called past continuous, is used to refer to an action that was continuous (i.e. an action that was going on) at a particular time in the past.
  10. The simple past is a verb tense that is used to talk about things that happened or existed before now. Unlike the past continuous tense, which is used to talk about past events that happened over a period of time, the simple past tense emphasizes that the action is finished.