99 Comments on “English Grammar – Modals of Advisability”

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Thanks. It’s very helpful for me :D

Thursday, July 16th 2009

    The lesson helped me to understand much better how to use these two modal verbs properly.

    Knowing the boundaries of meaning of modal verbs helps a great deal understand their use.


    Saturday, October 4th 2014

thank you very much , you are good teacher.
best regardes , Finland

Friday, July 17th 2009

Hello there…….thanks for teaching n thanks for all videos. U All teachers are great n very helpful.i just want to ask u i have good command over english grammer but i m still cant speak properly i want to speak fluent english. can u give me some suggestions or tips for speaking fluent english. i’ll be very thankfull to u.
caps from India

Saturday, July 18th 2009

    Here’s an advice: try role-playing. For instance, get a good movie on DVD, set the language and the subtitles to English (or better, get the movie script off the Internet), and try speaking as actors do. Then, when you’ll know whole dialogues by heart, try ‘acting’ the scenes as naturally as possible. Remember to turn the subtitles off, or you’ll end up looking at people’s feet in everyday’s life! ;-) Joking…

    Friday, May 28th 2010

thanks but I would like to know what the different between make , do and take

Sunday, July 19th 2009

Thank you

Sunday, July 19th 2009

Thank you.Thanks for all videos.

Monday, July 20th 2009

you are great teacher. i like your video lesson.thank you very much

Thursday, July 30th 2009

Bravo !

Big thanks, teacher !
It’s somewhat helpful..

U guys r great !
I love this website !!

Wednesday, August 5th 2009

thanks live in difficult to meet foreign people when i want to practice my english.

Monday, August 10th 2009

I’d like to say thanks a lot for your work !

Wednesday, August 12th 2009

James you’re cruel, how can you say : “you should always were condom”, what is my pewe:))sausage. Well you know I’m kidding, I always were at least one in my wallet. For me (you’re the best means redundancy) so I shall say just you’re James, and I hope you will post in a lesson, something about will and shall. You shall do this because many people make promises without knowing. I will watching you:d

Wednesday, August 26th 2009

hi James.. I respect all teachers there but u still the best teacher .thank you for everything u gave us and i hope to explain Wish basic and If the third base and when we can use it .
Thank u
sincere Abeer

Sunday, August 30th 2009

Thanks helps a lot in the correct usage of modal in our daily speech.
sincere anwesha.

Sunday, September 6th 2009

Thanks James. Your lesson are very interesting and helpful.

Tuesday, September 15th 2009

Awesome, you did great.

Tuesday, September 29th 2009

James I work as an English teacher in my town,in Kosovo,I am graduted in English Deaprtment,in Kosovo.I work for 7 years,I use different methods in teaching,but your methods of teaching are very intersting and very exciting for student or leraners,creating a positive atmosfere in class.

Best wishes

Sunday, October 11th 2009

Thanks… for theaching that lessons. I love this web site a lot. Your lessons very helpful for me…

Thursday, January 21st 2010

thank’s james you are great man thank’s alot

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010

I like when you explain each lesson
thank you James.

Wednesday, March 10th 2010

Hi James,

That was excellent.

I am actually having problems with: Modals of Deduction…any help or lesson would be great.

Sunday, March 28th 2010

James, where is the quiz? It’s a good example of deviation of expectation, haha. You’d better prepare a quiz, when you say that there’ll be a quiz. :) you shouldn’t joke about it !

Tuesday, March 30th 2010

Wow, I liked that so much… Specially because I teach English here in Brasil, so it’s very helpful for me when I have to prepare my classes!!!


Sunday, April 4th 2010

your examples are amazing!!!! COngratulations

Sunday, April 4th 2010

Hi james, your lessons are really exciting. I have a question: is this sentence right or wrong? “In English, modals are used to express possibility” I think it should be “In English, modals are used to expressing possibility”.

Tuesday, April 27th 2010

    well on general terms its the present simple tense. Its used this way over and over (Present simple = repeated actions or habits)

    Friday, March 18th 2011


Saturday, May 22nd 2010

Guys, I still didn’t catch what a strange snake James drew)what’s the connection between it and a drink?)explain it to me please)

Tuesday, May 25th 2010

    hello kate,
    it simply means: Overdrinking alcoholic drinks could kill you…like a venom of a snake.

    Friday, July 2nd 2010

welcome back nice guy, how are you doing? I wish you have a nice health. Let me tell you something that no one tell you about, I think there are some friends tell you about what is hidden in my heart to you is I love you so much really, because you’re kind nice gracious man really that what I can say only, if I complete I’m ganna cry, so please don’t teach anymore hahaha I know that you believed my crying, but please don’t worry I’m just kidding with you no problem I’m ok now just go away otherwise; I will cry over and over again. I’m so sorry for making a long paragraph. Thanks alot guy.

Best wishes.

Wednesday, May 26th 2010

I see you write “it’s base form” instead of “its base form”, it’s not correct, right? ;-)

Friday, May 28th 2010

thank you alot of

Sunday, July 11th 2010


Sunday, July 18th 2010


Friday, July 23rd 2010

damn baby

Monday, August 9th 2010

thanks you so much and you guys are the best

Thursday, August 12th 2010


Thursday, August 12th 2010

really that’s the best site i had ever seen

Wednesday, August 25th 2010

thank for Jame’s good lesson. i hope u can help me to improve my english more, please. i love learning english. thanks

Wednesday, October 13th 2010

that video is very help me that is good video site

Saturday, October 16th 2010

thank you . you are very good teacher and that is
the best way which we can learn from

Saturday, November 6th 2010

where is a quiz to be tested? I should do it…. i´d better made it

Tuesday, November 16th 2010

i got the quiz, I´d better change my glasses

Tuesday, November 16th 2010

wow!that one of the best side i had visited thank u for your dedication

Monday, November 29th 2010

where is a quiz? :O

Monday, December 20th 2010

I learned that when I talking about peopIe, I could use “She” (for female) or “He” (for male). When I talking about things, I should use “It”.
This expression you wrote “You’d better take drink. HE will kill you!”, according I learned, is wrong . Can I substitute “drink” with “He” “as in your sentence?

Saturday, February 26th 2011

we love you James, you are the best teacher! :)

Monday, February 28th 2011


Tuesday, March 15th 2011

Hi James thanks for the Vid…why do you usse Had better? I guess in american english we just use …you better….what is the difference? thanks…you also have any links on prepositions other than In on, or at?

Friday, March 18th 2011

Great! so interesting teaching. I love’s it.
useful english

Friday, April 8th 2011

It is very helpful for me……….

Sunday, May 15th 2011

sir James u have a great illustration,,,, but what circle E’s means?

Wednesday, June 8th 2011

thanks alot,I really love the way you teach,that’so fun and helpful,it can make everyone understand easily.

Monday, July 25th 2011

Dear sir
hi sir i hope so you will be fine i got your tips and alhamdulilah i improve myself god bless you and keep it up thanx a lot sir……

Thursday, August 4th 2011

hi Mr james, you are a good teacher i will take all your advice hopping to be like you i hope some day i take one of your lessons online thank you very much Mr

Thursday, October 13th 2011

it`s a piety, that you don`t have mp3 files to liesten your lessons

Sunday, November 6th 2011

thank u.

Friday, November 18th 2011

Love it, amazing and entertaining. I which you had taught me at school

Monday, March 12th 2012


Saturday, April 14th 2012

Hi James, it’s nice to meet you!
I’m a newcomer at this site and I find it very helpful. So far I’ve watched about 30 of your short lessons and I really like your style of teaching, basically your easy to understand explanation and interesting examples + illustrations (you are really good at them) + impersonation that makes me feel like I am really sitting in the front row of that classroom, like I really am your student.
The only request to you would be to give examples to each case you mention the particular word is used in. For instance, if you say that modal verb SHOULD is used both when it’s a right thing to do and when there’s a deviation of expectation, then, please, give us a sentence to each situation.
Thanks for your attention!

Friday, June 1st 2012

Thank you…. India.

Friday, June 29th 2012


Tuesday, July 17th 2012


Monday, September 10th 2012

Hi James,
You like draw the three little asses before the at the end of each lessons.

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

It’s important lesson, Thank you :)

Sunday, October 28th 2012

Thank you

Friday, November 23rd 2012

Thank you very much James

Tuesday, November 27th 2012

Hi James!
Hope u r good. U r a very talented teacher and i like the way u teach, but u should’nt be vulgar in ur videos coz teachers r role models 4 the students..Hope u won’t mind,thank u.

Tuesday, December 18th 2012

Thank you James
you are the one…

Wednesday, January 30th 2013

Thank you. I’m working with Modals In class right now . so is really helpfull

Thursday, January 31st 2013

Thank you….:)

Wednesday, February 20th 2013

I wanted to take the Quiz but it was not there.. thanks for the lesson…

Friday, May 31st 2013

Hey ! James great to see you again with this lesson. Very good way of making things simple for learning and understanding.. I love you too teacher (bro !) God Bless you

Thursday, June 6th 2013

You are such a fab teacher whom like i had never ever seen in my life….Learning from is a great pleasure… :)

Thursday, December 12th 2013

I had better learn modal verbs, or I will never learn english grammar. This was useful, thanks.

Monday, January 13th 2014


Wednesday, March 26th 2014

thank you, I find it very helpful.

Friday, October 3rd 2014

hey guys,im new here, how could i download the videos?

Sunday, October 12th 2014

    Hi, I’m new too. Maybe you can try to copy the link and then paste to Hope this usefull.

    Thursday, October 30th 2014

Thank you very much for the video!! ;)

Monday, October 27th 2014

I like your way of teach English. Very good lesson. But, where is the quiz? I think we need some practices.

Thursday, October 30th 2014

this is very useful lesson. I’ve really learnt some new things. Thanks James.

Sunday, December 14th 2014

Thanks James, I like this lesson.

Friday, March 6th 2015

Hello James! Thank you for your help.


Monday, June 1st 2015

Thank you…

Sunday, July 12th 2015

Nice lesson. Thanks

Monday, September 7th 2015

Thank you very much

Thursday, September 24th 2015

First of all It is very useful lesson, by the way I got modals. We had better study hardly. Thumbs Up!

Tuesday, March 29th 2016

thanks a lots teacher.thats really meaningful for us as a the way you r a good teacher.thanks again

Friday, May 6th 2016

ohh, come on, where he put the questions?

Monday, October 24th 2016


Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

Very useful to review the concepts with modal verbs, specially with “had better” because his specific meaning is difficult to understand sometimes. Thanks teacher James from EngVid.

Wednesday, December 7th 2016

You are the best teacher ever, really!!! I learn a lot of english with your classes.

Thursday, October 26th 2017

Thank you! This lesson is very useful.

Sunday, November 19th 2017

    This is a very useful lesson.

    Sunday, November 19th 2017


Monday, February 19th 2018


Monday, December 10th 2018

Thanks James! for this new lesson. even if you had better give us more quiz.

Saturday, April 18th 2020

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