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Modal Verbs

Modal Verbs

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MODAL VERBS
AbilityCAN (present)COULD (past)
I
can
speak EnglishJohn
could 
read when he was 3years old.
Possibility / ProbabilityCOULD
It
could 
rain tomorrow.
MAY
He
may 
come to the party.
MIGHT
Although she hasn’t studied, she
might 
pass the test.
ObligationAbsence of obligationMUST / HAVE TODON’T HAVE TO
You must wear a tie to enter thisplace.You don’t have to
ProhibitionMUSTNT
You mustn’t smoke in public places.
Give
 
adviceSHOULD (NT)
You should cut down on junk food.You shouldn’t eat a lot of sweets.
1) Write the adequate modal verb to express ABILITY:
- Last year, I ……… run 3 miles without problems. Now, I ………… only run 2 milesbecause I get really tired.- When Sam was 2 years old, he …………….write down his name!- Nowadays, you ……… do amazing things with computers!- This magician is very good! He ……….do great tricks!- When I was little, I …………….. touch the tip of my nose.- His best quality is that he ………. be very friendly.
2) Underline the correct modal verb:
- I
can’t/ couldn’t
hear you! The music is too loud!- You
must/ might
wear a tracksuit to go to Sports lessons.- I
have to/ has to
finish these exercise for tomorrow.- John
must/ can
be very annoying sometimes. He’s such an idiot!- Camaron
can/ could
play the guitar very well.- You
should/ mustn’t
go to the gym if you want to get fit.- Where’s Jim? He
might/ mustn’t
be in his office.- If I had a lot of money I
could/ can
buy I house, but I don’t!- You
should/ must
arrive to school before 8.- We
mustn’t/ don’t have to
do this exercise if you don’t want. It’s voluntary.- You
mustn’t/ don’t have to
interrupt the teacher when he’s talking. It is very rude.- You
shouldn’t/ might
drive if you are sick. It’s dangerous!
3)
Circle the correct answer.
 
1.
You
can / must / shouldn’t 
colour your hair. I like it the way it is.
2.
It’s 1 o’clock! I
must / can / could 
go home now. My parents will be very angry.
3.
Frank
can / could / should 
run 10 kilometres when he was younger.
4.
She
couldn’t / mustn’t / can’t 
do her homework. There is too much noise.
5.
She
shouldn’t / can’t / mustn’t 
stay up late. She has an exam tomorrow.
4) This taxi cab full of labels telling you
what to do.
Write at least five sentences using
must / mustn’t, can / can’t, should / shouldn’t.
 
1.
 You mustn’t smoke cigars in the taxi.
2._________________________________________________________________________ 3._________________________________________________________________________ 4._________________________________________________________________________ 5._________________________________________________________________________ 

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