Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today, Lindsay and Michelle give you three crazy role-plays to understand when to use should, could and would!


Correct use of modals like should, could and would can be confusing.  All three deal with time and possibility, and all three involve telling or asking someone to do something.



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cover for modal lesson guide 241Learn how to use modals like “could,” “should,” and “would” in everyday English conversations.

By the time you finish this lesson you’ll be able to: Know when, where, and how to use the correct modal with native speakers.

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  • Step 1: A short video lesson, going into more depth on how to use these modals
  • Step 2: The full episode without sponsor messages
  • Step 3: A comprehension quiz to check your understanding
  • Step 4: The full transcript from Episode 241
  • Step 5: Conversation questions to practice modals with a native
  • Bonus step: 3 REAL vocabulary words that we used in the conversation

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Should describes the strong possible likelihood of something.  It is also used to give advice.

  • “I should arrive on time.”
  • “You should apply for the job.”


Could describes a possibility in the past or the future.  It can also be used as a polite request.

  • “She could have eaten dinner already.”
  • “Could you pick me up at the airport?”


Would is most commonly used to make a polite request.

  • “Would you like to come with me?”
  • “Would you ask him about the book?”


How can you use should, could and would?

Give us some examples in the comments section below!

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