English Modal Verbs of Permission

English Modal Verbs of Permission

Can, Could, and May are the modal verbs of permission. We use these modals to ask for permission and to give permission.

  1. Can is used in the present tense and is used to ask for permission or to talk about it.
  2. Could is the past tense of can. Could is used for polite permission in the past
  3. May is used to ask for permission in a more formal way.

Examples

  1. Can I make tea for you?
  2. You may leave.
  3. Ali may sit here, but you are not allowed.
  4. May I go to the toilet?
  5. He can enjoy the party.
  6. Can I sit beside you?
  7. Could I create a painting?
  8. Could I eat a pizza?
  9. Could I use your phone?
  10. Could his brother sit beside you?
  11. Can I eat your chocolate?
  12. Can I hug you?
  13. May I come in?