190 Comments on “Master Modals with the SEAM method – may, might, could, etc.”

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Topnotch! I like the method. it really works with the P.A.N. system, but I’m wondering when the completed version of S.E.A.M. will be available, I’m also looking forward to having the next part of the lesson on effective writing. You did the intro. but how about the body and conclusion! Saludos desde BOLIVIA!

Thursday, August 4th 2011

No quiz but a very nice shirt! Where did you buy it?

Thursday, August 4th 2011

    :) Yes, Mauro, you’re right :)–the shirt is nice and there is no quiz. Anyway, thank you, James, your methods are always so extraordinary! Can’t wait to see your other videos about the SEAM method.

    Thursday, August 4th 2011

      exuse me alice12 do you know where are James from please could you tell me please? you know? thanx

      Thursday, August 4th 2011

        Hi engstudent! As I know most of the teachers here are from Canada. But I think it’s better to ask them right on this site or on their page on facebook. I mean the page of engvid.

        Friday, August 5th 2011

          then u refer that all the teacher ere from canada? well thanks for anwwer me

          Monday, August 8th 2011

          Hi engstudent! There is some information about all the teachers here:

          Monday, August 8th 2011

          thanks very much alice12 helpfull page thank you very much realy I have a question: ¿do you are realy from RUSSIA??????? take care

          Monday, August 8th 2011

          hey! alice12 how I know that you are from Russia mmm????????????

          Monday, August 8th 2011

          Yeah, I’m really from Russia :).

          Tuesday, August 9th 2011

          hi american

          Tuesday, January 8th 2019


    Thursday, August 11th 2011

    he bought it somewhere

    Monday, July 18th 2016

Your lession is good but it should have better if included some example sentences

Thursday, August 4th 2011

James good lesson you are a good teacher please could you tell me where are you from please XD :)I love your lessons

Thursday, August 4th 2011

    You don’t like his lessons, but you like him, and his shirt :) Am I right??? :D

    Thursday, August 4th 2011

      what did u say? its for me this message?????????

      Thursday, August 4th 2011

        Yeah, this message is just for you. . . Are you male or female???

        Thursday, August 4th 2011

          Im male. but you know where are james from? could you to tell me please? take care

          Monday, August 8th 2011

          I really don’t know, but he is probably from USA or CANADA, and what city does he live, also don’t know. I think when he sees this comment, he will answer you :)

          Monday, August 8th 2011

          whats a loser!

          He’s form China!!!you can tell by his accent!!! Gosh, I can’t believe this shit!!!

          Monday, September 5th 2011

where is the quiz ????

Friday, August 5th 2011

i love to learn grammer.cuz i am a high school girl.i am 12 years old :)

Friday, August 5th 2011

    Hi, where are you from dear??????

    Sunday, October 16th 2011

Hi James, all your lessons are very good, fun and really useful. Unfortunately, I am learning at school where our teacher doesn’t explain us a lot of things! Could you tell me the main difference between American English and British English, thank you!
P.S. your site is fantastic and all teachers are very good.

Friday, August 5th 2011

Just a question. I guess the past form of ‘I’m able to do this’ is ‘I was able to do that’ and not ‘I would be able to do that’. I think ‘I would be able to do it if…’ puts a condition in the present. Am I getting it right?

So under the heading ‘possibility’ the past form of ‘will be able to’ is ‘was/were able to’.


Saturday, August 6th 2011

    hello Emily,
    he said that the past form of( will be able to do that) is ( would be able to do that) that’s because the past form of WILL is WOULD…
    otherwise, if we have to talk about the past ability we can say for instance ” we were able to do something so on.

    Tuesday, March 25th 2014

Thank You very much james.

Saturday, August 6th 2011

Your very good teacher James .

Saturday, August 6th 2011

It,s a very uesful lesson.but no quiz ,why,it need a quiz.At all thanks James.

Sunday, August 7th 2011

thanks jaime for your leson 1 like how you teach your lesons1 know my englih is not very well but 1 try to learn

Monday, August 8th 2011

thanks james, i really excited when you’ve taught us. most of the engvid teacher, you are the best teacher for me, but the other teachers are great too. love you all.

Tuesday, August 9th 2011

what a good explanation, you have just made it easy to understand. the mnemonic is pretty useful!!!!

Tuesday, August 9th 2011

you are great
congratulations from greece!

Wednesday, August 10th 2011

Bro, has anybody ever told you that you’re funny. You are a pain in the ass. My true respects to Alex. You suck!!

Wednesday, August 10th 2011


    Sunday, August 14th 2011

    Incredibile! And you are an English teatcher?! But at the university, no-one ever explained you that the choice of words is as important as the idea? Which credibility do you think you have with this comment? You have the right not to appreciate the lesson but how dare you speaking is this way ? I wish one day one of your students would speak to you like that …

    Monday, August 29th 2011

    Well,when you open your mind and you stop being ignorant,you’ll allowed yourself the oppurtunity to get rid of your biases,released your prejudices,stop being sexist and not being racist.
    And here’s the deal,you can still not like people;no ones taking that from you.That’s the privilege for being human..I don’t like you! but at least you will do it from the position of being knowledgeable.

    Tuesday, November 1st 2011

I want take some private lessons… Is that possible? just you and me? I’m still in love with you :-) lol

Thursday, August 11th 2011

hai plz forward your english meterial grammer speak english books

Saturday, August 13th 2011

Thanks for your lesson

Saturday, August 13th 2011

I like it

Saturday, August 13th 2011


Saturday, August 13th 2011

“He is to go”
I have trouble understanding this sentence! would you mind explaining ??

Tuesday, August 16th 2011

i really like your way of teaching i want to say thanks to all the teachers who are providing us very good lessons lots of people are learning through your website

Tuesday, August 16th 2011

hi please help me out,i am applying for studying in UK,almost all the universities ask you to submit a Statement of purpose or personal statement… includes your academic background.what have you studied?where?how long?explain why u want to study overseas?your professional goals etc,please could you help me out how to take start an what steps should i follow.i will be obliged.

Tuesday, August 16th 2011

you are a good teacher continued

Wednesday, August 17th 2011

He is to go. (he is willing to go)
He has to go. (a place that he is not willing go but need to go)

Wednesday, August 17th 2011

You are a great teacher.

Thursday, August 18th 2011

thank you James ^^ funny and nice lesson . I like it very much ~~~this method ~~

Friday, August 19th 2011

what is different bewteen must and have to ?

Thursday, August 25th 2011

    must is more informal than have to..

    You should use must when you have a specific or personal obligation:
    I must go out because I’m late.
    I must learn English. It’s important to me.

    You should use have to in perfect tenses, general and external obligations like rules and laws
    I have to wear a shirt and a tie at work (rule)
    Hope it helps you:)

    Saturday, August 27th 2011

thank you

Friday, September 9th 2011

James can you speak after finishing your work

Tuesday, September 13th 2011

good lesson
nice method
and so on

Sunday, September 25th 2011

Hi James,
as far as modals are concerned, I have a question for you. I’d like to know the difference between MUST and HAVE TO when talking about school rules. Is it better to use MUST or HAVE TO?
For example:
Students must keep silent during tests. / Students have to be silent during tests.
Students must be on time. / Students have to be on time.
And so on, and so on.
The examples above come from authorities at school, but they’re also about rules.
Which is better, I wonder?
Thanks a lot.

Thursday, September 29th 2011

    Maybe I can help you. “Must” is used when the rule comes from an authority and it is expressed in a formal way, whereas “Have to” is an informal way to say the same. For instance, there’s a sign in the library saying “Students must return the books in 24 hs” (The message comes from a superior authority). If a friend of yours asked you how much time he has to give the books back to the library, you’ll probably reply saying that he has to give them back in 24 hs. I hope I were clear enough…and let’s wait for James to answer your question. Regards, Regina

    Saturday, October 22nd 2011

Hey James! Your lessons are really usefull. Thanks a lot for your support. I really appreciate it!

Sunday, October 2nd 2011

Very nice lesson, thanks a lot man.

Sunday, October 2nd 2011

I really liked your method of teaching. I can be more understanding by this method. Thanks.

Sunday, October 2nd 2011

Hi James, good work, keep it up. I’m looking forward to having the next part of the lesson on effective writing. You did the intro. but how about the body and conclusion!
Namaste from India.Vj

Saturday, October 8th 2011

that so esy way to understand

Sunday, October 9th 2011

bye the way where is the quiz ????

Sunday, October 9th 2011

hi.i am new here.very pleasere hear you.i want find more frends who interested by english.thaks for evrethings/

Monday, October 17th 2011

sir james i am really thankful to god that i found you. you are really a best teacher that i ever known. i am very poor in english please correct me if i get wrong.

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

Wat`s difference between Have to & Have got to. Can you explain.

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

You are crazy James. And this makes your lessons stand out from other teachers’ and more interesting to watch. Let Mr.E forgive me but I love you more than him:)))

Friday, November 11th 2011

There is no quiz on such a difficult topic:( I’m crying

Friday, November 11th 2011

    write me about your question

    Sunday, August 26th 2012

Hi James, im a little bit confused with can and could. So what’s the difference between I can help you and I could help you? I know can is present and could is past. Can you please explain further? thanks…

Friday, November 11th 2011

thank you mate

Friday, November 11th 2011

thank you Mr James, you have a good method. but you speak quikly like you talk with english natif’s. altough we are not.anywehre i will be able to understand you.

Monday, November 14th 2011

we learn alot but where is the quiz…
nice shirt

Wednesday, November 16th 2011

hello the lessons are good but remember you are teaching english to people who have not ability to speak and understand english well i would like you espeak a litle more slowly thanks..GOD bless you.

Saturday, November 19th 2011

hey James
could u pls spk slowly ?

thanks alot

Saturday, November 19th 2011

could you provide us with to chick understanding

Tuesday, November 22nd 2011


Tuesday, November 22nd 2011

Hi, I couldn’t find S of Seam method. Can you give me the link guys if you know?

Sunday, November 27th 2011

thank you Sir James…! i like your style of teaching..

Sunday, November 27th 2011

No quiz! Sorry

Saturday, December 3rd 2011

Great Job James ……….And T h a n k Y o u

Sunday, December 4th 2011

hi everyone

Monday, December 5th 2011

Hello,James.Would you please tell us what the difference is between “necessity and obligation and which modal we use.

Wednesday, December 7th 2011

really grear job

Thursday, December 8th 2011

Thank you :D

Tuesday, December 13th 2011

Hi,James.could yuo please,tell us when do we use must have /can’t have /might have to explain possibilties ? Thanks in advance .

Monday, December 19th 2011

James, you are great!) And me personally think, that your method seam is called so, because you wanted special thinking from viewers (logic plus association, which could connect all said by you in one SEAM, which helps join our understanding of material together)))) Great job!!

Sunday, December 25th 2011

Great approach of explanation

Friday, December 30th 2011

hey james you way of teaching is different and i like this vedio and thanks.

Saturday, January 7th 2012

I am not sure about the jokes…..but I like news ideas to help others to learn

Thursday, January 19th 2012

Very helpful lesson! You are a great teacher.


Wednesday, February 1st 2012

nice ,very good lessons to learn
thank you

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

hey!!!! brother thank so much!!!! I’ve learned so LOT from this video.,Its really a good one…KEEP IT UP…Can’t wait to see your new video…

Friday, February 3rd 2012

Hey, there is not quiz, I´m feeling blue for it.

Wednesday, February 8th 2012

I love James way of teaching. Fun, lively and easy to understand. Thanx Bro!

Wednesday, February 15th 2012

thanks you are greet

Wednesday, February 15th 2012

its easy and fun goahead

Wednesday, February 15th 2012

thank you are best teacher

Friday, February 24th 2012

hi thanks you :P

Monday, February 27th 2012

Thanks for the important and nice describe of the MODALS

Friday, March 2nd 2012

like your are my favorite teacher)

Friday, March 2nd 2012

Thanks for the lesson ,it’s such good one

Monday, March 5th 2012

Thank you James, it’s very clear :)

Sunday, March 11th 2012

hi james,
your lecture was good,,but a bit confusing at the same time.
You told that,’could’ is the past of ‘can’,’might’ of ‘may’ and ‘would’ of ‘will’ respectively.But in other lectures,you had also told that could is used for possibility/suggestion(which is a future in fact),would for imaginary(again future),might for possibility(again future).Then how can these words be used as past of ‘can’,’will’ and ‘may’?
are these words- could,would and might used in present also?
I didn’t get the exact tense of these words.could you please explain.
I’m so confused now.
Give me a reply soon please….:)

Sunday, April 1st 2012

Thank you :)

Saturday, April 21st 2012

Hi Regina.In my opinion, it’s not question of formal or infomal for the modal “must” the synonym “have to ” is given to the modal”must” so that we can put it in the past form .It”s impossible to put the the modal “must ” in the past tense

Sunday, April 22nd 2012

Hi James,

Good lesson and great tips. However, it sometime makes it difficult in real essay writing because modals can be very close to each other.
I have understood this lesson and hope to apply it correctly as possible.

At last, your are funny too.

Monday, May 7th 2012

great work james. thank u very much

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

james…teach us about conjunctions please:(

Thursday, May 24th 2012

where is the quiz

Thursday, June 7th 2012

    There’s no quiz for this lesson!

    Friday, June 8th 2012

Hi James, Thanks. From where I should get the quiz for this lesson?

Thursday, June 14th 2012

Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh oh god he’s kind of crazy hhhhhhh

Tuesday, June 26th 2012

Thanks for your lesson, James. I have one question. If we say “I could meet you at the airport”, the sentence has two possible meanings: 1. I could – in the past. 2. I will be able to meet you, 60-70% sure. Is that right?

Thursday, July 12th 2012

nice one!

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

Simply thanks for all your effort, free lessons and your precision.
You, teachers are very valuable.

Friday, October 19th 2012

Thank you for taking the time and effort to do this. Your lessons are engaging, I like your jokes and the creative and graphic ways you use to present the contents. Having thought Spanish as a Foreign Language I know how demanding and difficult it can be to turn grammar concepts from sleep-inducing talk into something that people can listen attentively to for 16minutes straight. Great work.

For those of you insulting him, well, I dare you to make it better. This is a free gift to help you learning English, not paid lessons.If you don’t like it move on or go trolling elsewhere

Sunday, October 28th 2012

looking forward for next lecture regarding this topic

Tuesday, October 30th 2012

Thanks for your efforts , please add some more examples.

Friday, December 21st 2012

I LIKES yours lesson

Thursday, January 24th 2013

Its really helpful. I were expecting some quiz on this.

Tuesday, January 29th 2013

Hello James, please explain me what is the difference between possibility and ability:)

Monday, February 18th 2013

there ist no quiz :(

Monday, February 25th 2013


Friday, March 29th 2013

now that you have come you___as well stay. which of the below is the correct option.
a.can b.should c.need d.may

Friday, April 5th 2013

option d.

Wednesday, April 10th 2013

I think I am in love with him…
I love how you teach, you make things easier. thank you!♥

Thursday, April 18th 2013

Hey ! James you are Gr8 man ! They way teach is really awesome. All teachers’s here are superb ! God Bless you all.

All of you are the real “GURUS”.

Take care



Tuesday, June 4th 2013

I feel happy because today I understand more about Modals

Monday, June 24th 2013

Thanks for your passion to teach us James! I can notice that more than you methodology.

Sunday, September 15th 2013

This is the Video I was looking for……Thank you James..

Tuesday, September 24th 2013

Thank you very much.

Sunday, October 6th 2013

hi,not only great is the SEAM method but also the teaching method of Mr.James..the way he teaches,is realy helpful and splendid.THANK YOU SO MUCH

Friday, March 7th 2014

It was a great HI 5 to the E. worm ;)

Absolutely funny.

Friday, March 7th 2014

Hi james. Well… i cant find the quiz??? Where is it???

Saturday, June 14th 2014

Jaja I can’t see the quiz where’s?…

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

Thank you Batm…ehm James,James!

Thursday, July 10th 2014

You are really great.

Thursday, August 21st 2014

ur teaching is so enjoyable, i enjoy the way u teach i really do!

Monday, September 1st 2014

Wow, thank you for PAN method.
Excellent, thank you James.

Wednesday, September 17th 2014

Many thanks, it’s Great Lesson! you have the ability to teach:)

Tuesday, October 7th 2014

Many Thanks!

Tuesday, October 7th 2014

Can I use your videos to help my students to be more efficient with modals dear James??

Friday, October 17th 2014

where is the quiz for this video ?

Friday, October 24th 2014

it has being a helpful lesson!

Thursday, December 25th 2014

Where is the video of the M? to Make suggestions.

Sunday, January 18th 2015

with all due respect mr.james, i’m still confused about >possibilities among could,may,might,which one is stronger to possible ? ex. we could stay here longer
we might stay here longer &
we may stay her longer
i’m hoping your reply ,thanks :-)

Friday, January 23rd 2015

LOL, you are a funny guy. I highly appreciate what you have been taught.

Friday, April 17th 2015

we write like this sim ?

Sunday, May 31st 2015

Yeah, that’s right!!! Most people are complaining we can’t find the quiz!!! Please, reply to us!!! :)

Friday, June 26th 2015

I’ve really mastered Modals!!! Thanx!

Monday, August 24th 2015

Does anybody know if there is a video lesson about “make sugestions”???
I could not find that one

Saturday, October 3rd 2015

Hey James, your teaching is incredibly good!!! You’re amazing!!!

Wednesday, October 21st 2015

Thank you man!Your teaching help me a lot. I’ve been wondering what method I will use in my demo teaching for this topic. I guess I will just imitate yours :-)

Sunday, December 6th 2015

Thank you for lesson , but where I can found the test for this lesson .

Wednesday, December 23rd 2015

James, your lessons incredible and very useful)
each lesson as a small performance=) Thank you very much)))

Friday, March 4th 2016

with ONE lesson a no-native English is able to learn the difference between modal verbs in a while. I asking myself … why did I find this site after a lot of years lost in WEB, searching for someone so easy to understand!!??

Monday, March 14th 2016

Dear James, you open a world of POSSIBILITIES with your ABILITY in teaching English,filling our NECESSITY in learning and giving so many ADVICES. These classes give us PERMISSION to so large amount of knowledge.

Tuesday, March 15th 2016

I’ve been watching these lessons at least two to three times to better understand all this info, but it helps!!

Wednesday, April 27th 2016

where is the quiz??????????/

Saturday, July 2nd 2016

where’s the quiz

Wednesday, July 20th 2016

good work

Saturday, August 20th 2016

What about the construction “be to”. Does it express the neccesity?

Monday, August 22nd 2016

I love your sistem! now all is clear for me ! :)

Saturday, September 24th 2016

where is the quiz?

Monday, November 14th 2016

James is great as usually. But we are keeping a tiny hope to have a quizzz …

Friday, January 6th 2017

It’s a good choice to review modal verbs and what are their meanings with the rules PAN: Possibility, Permission and Prohibition, Ability and Advice, and Necessity, that is 3,2,1 logically in order. Thanks a lot, teacher James Greer from EngVid, it was a funny and amusing lesson.

Tuesday, January 31st 2017


Thursday, February 9th 2017

Thanks Engvid’s teachers for help us learn English.
I like to know a lot of peoples around world learning English for free. Thank you very much.

Thursday, May 4th 2017

Thamks Engvid for help us

Thursday, May 4th 2017

there is no quiz :(, btw I loved the lesson, thanks Mr James!

Thursday, September 21st 2017

Good lesson, thanks.

Saturday, October 21st 2017

James, you are the best! I adore your lessons.

Friday, November 24th 2017


Tuesday, December 12th 2017

Any way thank for lesson …can you stop your action because it is interrupt my attention

Saturday, February 10th 2018


Tuesday, May 15th 2018

What’s the difference between “may” and “might”?

Sunday, June 10th 2018

And where’s the quiz you’ve mentioned?

Sunday, June 10th 2018

Great,James,you are the best.

Sunday, July 29th 2018

thanks, woo there is no quiz today.

Sunday, August 12th 2018

Great lesson thanks

Thursday, January 3rd 2019

Thank you for the lesson, but the quiz is not uploaded.

Wednesday, March 6th 2019

greatest work

Monday, April 1st 2019

It was great lesson i learned a lot. By the way it’s my first video lesson i like engvid alot it’s the best

Sunday, May 12th 2019

what is different bewteen must and have to ?

Monday, May 13th 2019

Thank you very much James. Now it makes sense to me.

Thursday, May 16th 2019

Good lesson again.But could you tell us where is the quiz? You said here would be the quiz.
You shouldn’t have lain.

Friday, August 2nd 2019

Is there any quiz to practice modals?

Friday, September 20th 2019

Where can I find the quiz for this lesson?

Monday, December 23rd 2019

I don’t like this teacher, He is silly not funny at all

Thursday, July 2nd 2020

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