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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Which modal is used to for the best or right thing to do?

Which modal combination is used for lost possibility?

Which modal is related to the imaginary and means "I could imagine doing something"?

Mr. E, you _________ _________ studied for your engVid quiz instead of going out drinking with Sly the Snake. Now you will fail.

Mr. E said he _________ ________ come to visit you if he had known that you were in the hospital.


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169 Comments on “Could have, would have, should have – modals of lost opportunity”


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no doubt about it, good lesson James. cya buddy.

Wednesday, February 29th 2012

    good lesson James

    Sunday, March 4th 2012

    yayyY… love this lesson.. thanks james :)

    Sunday, May 20th 2012

very nice method of teaching.. thank you very much sir

Wednesday, February 29th 2012

In the last question why cant we use “could have”? Isn’t it a past possibility.

Wednesday, February 29th 2012

    For the last question:
    Could have: You knew it but you couldn’t go but this person didn’t know it before that’s why ‘would have’ is perfect here. I hope this would help you! Cya!

    Sunday, March 4th 2012

      twas a big help. thanks EngVid!

      Thursday, March 15th 2012

thanks James, you’re awesome :)

Wednesday, February 29th 2012

thank’s ;)

Wednesday, February 29th 2012

I’m new over here, and already bookmarked this page, very nice!!!

Wednesday, February 29th 2012

Aloha James. I know we have to use the structure would have + past participle but I have heard lots of people saying: If you were a cat, I would have brought you some food. This example is stupid but it illustrates what I mean. Is that grammatically correct? Thanks

Wednesday, February 29th 2012

Thanks for the lesson James. It was a great one.

Wednesday, February 29th 2012

Great

Thursday, March 1st 2012

hello james.
thanks a lot for all your lessons,i would like to congratulate u about them thanks again i’m going to test my understanding of this english lesson have a good day see ya bro

Thursday, March 1st 2012

Hi,this is really a good and important lesson. I enjoy the way you explain it.
till next time James
PS. By the way I’m from Carapicuiba, São Paulo, Brazil

Thursday, March 1st 2012

I could have found the website before. Lost time!! But Here I am.

Thursday, March 1st 2012

i like it)))))))

Thursday, March 1st 2012

2 tell u the truth I’m astonished how easy u get the information with simple & easy way. the most thing i like was your clear voice although my real player is slow i could understand it easily.Thanks

Thursday, March 1st 2012

Merci,
& the ? of mine is:
Can we use all these 3 modals(would,could n might) in 3rd conditional sentences in main clauses?!!?
(had pp / would have pp)

Thursday, March 1st 2012

Thanks a lot, I am known this websize by my friend. He said this is the best websize he never has used before. So he suggested me to use this websize to improve my English.

Thursday, March 1st 2012

thanks so much . this is my first time to visit your lesson. i really want to study in english well.

Thursday, March 1st 2012

this lesson was very good

Thursday, March 1st 2012

a very important lesion

Friday, March 2nd 2012

Hello , I knew the difference b/w saw and seen …i thing its lil bit the same but i confused ? please help me out

Friday, March 2nd 2012

Hi dear teacher,

I would like to know if it’s possible to use I CAN YOU HELP TOMORROW instead of I COULD HELP YOU TOMORROW.Cuz if we’re talking about possibility ”CAN” can be consider a a possibility.

Friday, March 2nd 2012

    True, but “can” is more definite — it’s closer to saying “I will help you tomorrow”.

    Monday, March 5th 2012

I just got my IELTS result today and passed! 6.5 yay! Lots learned from EngVid teachers. Thanks ya! ..and James, U Rawkz!!Emuahs *dancing*

Friday, March 2nd 2012

    Wowoooooooo!!!!!!!!!
    Congratulations!
    ************************

    Friday, March 2nd 2012

I got 4 out of 5. Not bad!
As usual, you explained it well.
You are really good Mr. James.
Thanks a lot!

Friday, March 2nd 2012

Thanks a lot,these lessons are brilliant.

Friday, March 2nd 2012

thanks a lot sir.

Friday, March 2nd 2012

wow…..thank you so much you for your amazing website. I really luv it.

Friday, March 2nd 2012

Thanks….this lesson is so easy to understand.

Friday, March 2nd 2012

very useful

thank you

Friday, March 2nd 2012

what a bad ass teacher..That was “killa”

Saturday, March 3rd 2012

thanks jams this lesson is very nice

Saturday, March 3rd 2012

cool! So easy to understand. Its your service:)

Sunday, March 4th 2012

Great job. Thanks.

Sunday, March 4th 2012

GOOD TEACHING ……….NICELY EXPLAINED

Sunday, March 4th 2012

tnx sir james

Monday, March 5th 2012

NICE LESSON jAMES!

Monday, March 5th 2012

That’s amazing
thank you so much

Tuesday, March 6th 2012

you too: styl of teaching is good also you are funny which makes studing with you more enjoyable

Thursday, March 8th 2012

The way you teach will directly goes in to mind. Thank you James.

Friday, March 9th 2012

a very very good website for learning English.

Friday, March 9th 2012

thanks,but i need breif explanation with more examples.

Saturday, March 10th 2012

thanks!!! I loved it

Saturday, March 10th 2012

I like it!!!!

Sunday, March 11th 2012

brilliant teaching me J, keep on your wonderful work.. thank you so much for your time and help..

Sunday, March 11th 2012

sir you are great teacher

Monday, March 12th 2012

Thank you very much for your outstanding lessons, and I have improved my listning so quickly!

Monday, March 12th 2012

Thank you very much for your Excellent Video, I have improved my listing much quicker since I followed your outstanding lessons!

Monday, March 12th 2012

thanks james ur my best teacher

Monday, March 12th 2012

you were good but you speak fast

Tuesday, March 13th 2012

    engvid all teachers method of teaching is very good i pray for him

    Sunday, March 25th 2012

Thanks

Tuesday, March 13th 2012

good job james…

But i still have one more question in my mind. what ” i’d ” means? Does it mean ‘I would, I could or I had ‘? I’ve always been confused.

Wednesday, March 14th 2012

I have gotten 5 out of 5 ..:) welldone sana ………………. u have good job …keep it up n carryon ur struggle to learn more english by engvid.com …:) c ya

Thursday, March 15th 2012

Thanks James, I have to see many examples.

Thursday, March 15th 2012

i like james very much !

Friday, March 16th 2012

You’re great James! Straight forward teaching. Keep up the good work.

Tuesday, March 20th 2012

Hi James you’r funny teacher,i like
your teaching style please keep it up.

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

very good very informative….now i have clear picture how to use modals………..thanks

Friday, March 23rd 2012

thanks a lot

Saturday, March 24th 2012

Thank you!

Tuesday, March 27th 2012

this is a great website! the teachers are great..

Thursday, March 29th 2012

its really fun learning English.thank you for the lesson

Friday, March 30th 2012

Hi. I want you to know that it is not our native language. Why are you speaking so fastly? Is there a knight with his horse chasing you? Please never forget that we have 2 isues one of them to understand what you talk about and the last one what do you mean. Pls speak a little slow and help us.

Thursday, April 5th 2012

thanks

Thursday, April 5th 2012

Interesting lesson, thanks James

Friday, April 6th 2012

jame’s videos great

Friday, April 20th 2012

hi teacher! i need your help!
what’s the diffirent between 2 sentenses?
– you can help me
– you could help me
Thanks for your attention!

Sunday, April 22nd 2012

    hey yeens
    let’s see
    could is past of can
    so, now u see that one sentence is in the past and the another one in th present.

    could also is a modal which express posibility..
    i hope u got what i meant
    bye

    Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

    can and could are both express possibility
    can – present
    could – past
    you can help me – it means i will surely help you.
    you could help me – it means im not 100% sure that i can help you

    Sunday, May 13th 2012

Thank u Mr. James your way of teaching is impressive ,but be a bit slow.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

i see a lot of compliments, which i almost agree
he could have given more examples to understand better cos the quiz is not enough…

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

thanks for lesson

Saturday, May 5th 2012

Nice smile sir. n thnx for teaching us. God Bless you

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

hi, James i want dis please you teach me how we can use Have been, Has been and Had been in the way of talking.thanks

Tuesday, May 15th 2012

hola Husna,

have been: is present perfect.you use it for :we,you,and they.
has been:is for she,he,and it.
had been is the past perfect.

Tuesday, May 15th 2012

Thank u sir

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

Very well, is is amazing! Thanks James..

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

This lesson helps me lot. I should clear out all my questions which are confusing me by visiting EngVid.com

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

Hi Sir, How r u ? Hope that u’ll be fine. Sir I got 5 out of 5. Usually in every quiz I got full score but whenever I speak, I can’t speak well. What should I do to overcome on it.

Thursday, May 17th 2012

    bro this is normal..every person go through from this situation..what u need to do is..start speaking..even if u know u are speaking wrong ..this will help u to come out from hesitation..this worked for me and hope will work for u as well..:)

    Saturday, May 26th 2012

thanks for our teachers whats ways to get on basices pronociation

Saturday, May 19th 2012

what is diffirent between can and cuold?

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012

amazing lessons..thanks:)

Saturday, May 26th 2012

Very useful lesson. thanks a lot.

Sunday, May 27th 2012

thank u a lot
i like your method so much and plz keep it up

Monday, May 28th 2012

james you make me feel so good. you are funny and very intelligent teaching english. i love yours lessons.
Thank you very much

Thursday, May 31st 2012

Thank you very much for this lesson!

Friday, June 1st 2012

i liked very much this class. now i’m going to use everything that i’ve learned with my friends.

Sunday, June 3rd 2012

excellent lesson …excellent teacher…
thanks

Thursday, June 7th 2012

mr James your lessons really good, not good thank you

Friday, June 22nd 2012

Thanx James.

Friday, June 22nd 2012

Thank you so much
With your videos I understand pretty much every thing
I like your tipe of teaching

Tuesday, June 26th 2012

Mr Jams You’re Really Perfect Teacher in this site and you’re make me professional in english easliy …. Thank You soo much Mr :)

Wednesday, July 4th 2012

good lesson james.
thanks

Wednesday, July 11th 2012

Thank you very much for this lesson. What about the following usage of Would? Eg : My parents would let me go to the bush. When people see your kind, they would run a mile. My concern is the usage of would and not would have.

Saturday, July 14th 2012

Thank You! great lesson! I never thought about “perfects” acting like a link to the past, it’s clear now. :)

Wednesday, July 25th 2012

Sir, This is the final quiz question
Mr. E said he would have come to visit you if he had known that you were in the hospital.
Please explain me why it is not “would have came” in the sentence

Thursday, August 2nd 2012

you are good as you used to be..

Tuesday, August 7th 2012

Thank you James, I have learnt it

Sunday, September 2nd 2012

thanks teacher !!
I still need to you , I should have watched engvid a long time ago !

Monday, September 10th 2012

as always you’re almost the best comparing with the other teachers here :)
to be serious. really. it’s good job.
I always answer right your quiz after your lesson.

Wednesday, September 12th 2012

This is the best! lesson I should have to enhance my English Grammar. Thanks James really! help me a lot.

Wednesday, September 12th 2012

I would appreciate more examples.

Friday, September 21st 2012

I would like to do more exercise about this lessons , it’s possible??

Friday, September 28th 2012

very interesting topic! it helps me a lot!
thanks, teacher!

Saturday, October 13th 2012

I can appreciate “Not Could” for tht all of You are good teacher for me.

it means i am 100% sure about you are a good teacher for me.

am i correct?

Saturday, October 27th 2012

Absolutely nice lesson James.

Monday, October 29th 2012

Thanks

Tuesday, October 30th 2012

You are great

Saturday, November 3rd 2012

Understandable!

Tuesday, November 6th 2012

James – you’re really good teacher. But One question, why you always design worm on the board?) It’s really funny…

Tuesday, November 13th 2012

you’re realy me helping me to increase my english thank ur

Saturday, November 24th 2012

NICE LESSON jAMES!it’s very nice.thanks…………………….

Sunday, December 2nd 2012

great, I need this

Monday, December 10th 2012

I like it so much and it helps me to understand the lesson, but in fact u r really a wonderful when u explain it

Thursday, December 13th 2012

I really should have read it early….Good Less
on..

Sunday, December 16th 2012

Thank you teacher.
I have a question.
Way does Mr. E say coulda, woulda and

Saturday, December 22nd 2012

and shoulda.
These are contraccion of could have, would have and should have.
Could you explain this please?
Thank you a lot.

Saturday, December 22nd 2012

James you are my sunshine in my foggy,misty days.I have broken my ankle a month ago so I have to stay in the flat day after day.BUUUT I discovered ENGVID and your brilliant teaching.I enjoy every moments of your lessons.

Wednesday, January 16th 2013

just i need to learn some grammar but i was amazed because its easy to understandable another thing at the end of the lesson some quiz question asked is very very superb thing which will help me to test my knowledge whether i understood the lesson correctly or not. its supppppppeeeeeeeerrrrrrrbbbbbb

Sunday, January 20th 2013

i just want to learn grammer and u should give a lesson about being

Thursday, January 24th 2013

very fruitful lesson..I love your lessons..

Friday, January 25th 2013

I god 4/5

Friday, January 25th 2013

I got 4/5

Friday, January 25th 2013

Thanks so much .

Saturday, February 9th 2013

I’m beginner and this is helpful for me

Thursday, February 21st 2013

pls give more exaample

Monday, February 25th 2013

thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu u a good teacher i like ur method

Friday, March 1st 2013

hey there.i love the way you teach.I am also a teacher and I teach English as a second language and the matter of the fact is that my first language is Urdu :) I am working in UAE and here people are multilingual.The problem that i face in teaching is TTT i-e teachers talk time.My employer is always complaining about it and according to her it should be 80 % students and 20% teacher…I use visual and audio aid in my lessons, pictures n puzzles.I have tried everything but still she feels that i talk a lot…I shall be really great full if you email me some tips on how to reduce ttt and secondly how should we introduce tenses in an ESL class of beginners.
regards,
ayesha

Saturday, March 2nd 2013

Hi, how is it going?, nice class, but i’ve got a question, What is the difference between “Can’t have happened” and “couldn’t have happened”?, thank you pal.

Friday, March 8th 2013

thanks a lot sir

Sunday, March 10th 2013

thank you for the lesson. however, the test is quite easy. i got them all correct but i am not sure if my understanding is crystal clear. i am so confused. what is the different between these modals and simple past tense. like. i would drink that, if i didn’t have to drive. and. i would have drink that, if i didn’t have to drive. thank you.

Tuesday, March 12th 2013

Thanks a lot, would you give us more example .

Sunday, April 7th 2013

thanks James. can you give some example

Monday, April 29th 2013

100%!!! Thank you!

Thursday, May 30th 2013

yeah I did it perfectly xD

Friday, June 21st 2013

Thanks James!

Thursday, July 4th 2013

More Quiz please.

Wednesday, July 10th 2013

Thank you James!

Thursday, July 18th 2013

Thanks James!

Thursday, July 25th 2013

Thanks

Wednesday, August 14th 2013

Thank you James, you are great!

Saturday, August 24th 2013

thanx james i like the way u take the class

Monday, September 2nd 2013

Thank you sir,
Sir please tell me is it correct..
“if i were Obama, i would have changed the face of country”

Saturday, October 5th 2013

Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, October 16th 2013

Thank you !

Sunday, December 8th 2013

James thank you for your effort and help me to know englesh language.

Wednesday, February 19th 2014

good lesson, thanks a lot

Wednesday, February 26th 2014

Thanks got 60%.

Monday, March 24th 2014

4/5 not bad
nice lesson,thank you ;-)

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

thank you James for the amazing video
I got 100% I’m so thankful to you

Thursday, May 1st 2014

Very useful lesson, thank you James.

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

Your videos are really awesome! I’ve been struggling with these modals for months! Thank very much. You’re the best, James :)

Sunday, May 11th 2014

well done! your lessons are awesome! they work best on me! english is less of a burden now!

Monday, May 26th 2014

I got a 100 percent score! I really like the way Mr.E teaches.

Tuesday, June 3rd 2014

Hi James. A million thanks for this lesson. I’m very confused if what is the best word should use if I had a conversation to someone. Now that you apparently show and discuss what is the big differences, It clears my mind. Keep it up James. I love the way you act. Happy day.

Thursday, July 3rd 2014

Thank you very much!

Tuesday, July 15th 2014

Wothout exaples there are difficult to understand

Wednesday, August 13th 2014

Thank you so much James

Sunday, August 31st 2014

Practice:
I would help you if i get enough time to do so.
I would try for you, if situation arises.
I would arrange a party, if I get incentives.
I would sale this mobile phone, if you do not pay me by tomorrow.
5. I wouldn’t mind, if you help me with my project.
I wouldn’t say sorry until he begs pardon.
I wouldn’t pay the fees, if they do not allow me to sit for exams.
please suggest me, whether these sentences are grammatically correct !!

Monday, September 8th 2014

Thanks, James.
Very useful lesson.

Tuesday, September 23rd 2014

good job sir

Friday, October 3rd 2014

Oh it’so exceptional information, sorry!

Wednesday, October 8th 2014

it’s so* and thank you instead sorry, i was busy by listening my friends.)

Wednesday, October 8th 2014
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