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USING MODAL VERBS CORRECTLY


(Supplementary Material for Gamma Lower Module)

Modals are a unique group of verbs that affect the signification of other verbs in special ways. They convey different meanings as we use them . Have a look at the following list: MEANINGS Possibility MODALS Can Could May Might Permission May Can Could Suggestion Should Could Ought to Obligation Ability Must Can Could EXAMPLES The strike can be extremely long. You could go with her. I may go to the party. It might rain tomorrow. May I come in? Can I use your pen? He said I could go with her She should go and see a doctor. They could take the test again. You ought to smoke less. A soldier must obey orders. He can speak several languages. I could ride a bike when I was seven.

EXERCISE 1. Rewrite sentences that express possibility using modal verbs. Example: Maybe you are right. I can't be sure. You may be right. 1. Perhaps George will help if you phone him.

2.

Possibly it's a mistake.

3.

Maybe things won't be so bad after all.

4.

It's probably broken.

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EXERCISE 2. Write six sentences on what a driver must or must not do when driving. Example: You musn't drink alcohol and drive. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. EXERCISE 3. Carlos will finish his university studies soon. It's possible he will be hired by an international company. One requirement is that he speak English. It would be a good idea for him to take a course at Tronwell. Carlos asked, "How can I arrange my schedule?" -Answer his question using modal verbs Example: He might look for a part-time job.

EXERCISE 4. Match the sentences in column A with the corresponding meaning in column B. A 1. ___ 2. ___ 3. ___ 4. ___ 5. ___ 6. ___ 7. ___ 8. ___ 9. ___ You must do as I say. Shouldn't you rest before dinner? Perhaps you could visit us in June. May I come in? Do you think we might mend it? It may rain tomorrow. I could eat anything before I got sick. You can watch T.V. after you study. Little Mary can walk by herself. 2 B a. b. c. d. e. Possibility Permission Suggestion Obligation Ability

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KEY CHECK EXERCISE 1. 1. George can could may might can could may might may not might not can could may might help if you phone him.

2.

It

be a mistake.

3. 4.

Things It

be so bad after all. be broken.

EXERCISE 2. ASK THE LAB TEACHERS TO CHECK YOUR ANSWERS. EXERCISE 3. ASK THE LAB TEACHERS TO CHECK YOUR ANSWERS. EXERCISE 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. d c c b a a e b e