Grammar Demons, Take That (Part 14)

A fun infographic from Grammar.net about modal verbs.

What are Auxiliary and Modal Verbs?

Auxiliary verbs are “helper verbs” used in combination with other verbs to assist in stating tone, tense, condition/state, voice or mood. A modal verb is a type of auxiliary verb that expresses possibility, necessity or obligation. Because of their commanding tone, modals must be used carefully, and some writers attempt to avoid them entirely.

Nobody likes to be told what to do. If a reader senses this is happening, he becomes defensive and reads more skeptically. Sometimes, this is completely subconscious, but it is no less of a problem. Limiting those bullying, bossy modals can make writing more pleasant.

Do you have any favorite grammar battle? Do share.

As always, if you have a favorite infographic or tips to share, please feel free to comment.

Source: Modals from grammar.net.

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