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MODAL VERBS- PRACTICE

1. Complete the sentences with should or shouldnt.


1. You . watch this funny DVD.
2. I am sometimes very selfish. I . be more generous.
3. Kate . be so shy. People want to hear her sing.
4. We . be rude.
5. . I buy Emily earrings for her birthday?

2.

3.

Complete the rules at the community centre swimming pool. Use must, mustnt or
dont have to.
1.

You . walk slowly around the pool area.

2.

You . eat near the pool.

3.

You . have a shower before you enter the pool.

4.

You . take any swimming courses.

5.

People with long hair . wear a bathing cap.

Circle the correct answer.


1. Last week, I was ill and I get out of bed.
a. could

b. cant

c. couldnt

2. My brother is very athletic. He ride a skateboard when he was three.


a. could

b. can

c. couldnt

3. Miranda is very shy. She talk in front of a big audience.


a. can

b. cant

c. couldnt

4. Frank is very funny. He make anyone laugh.


a. can

b. cant

c. couldnt

5. Shelly ride a bike last year, but now she rides well.
a. cant

b. couldnt

c. can

4. Circle the correct answer.


1. Ruth has got clever ideas. Mike should / must / doesnt have to ask her for help with his project .
2. Fred is very rich. He could / can / has to buy almost anything he wants.
3. Theres a terrible storm outside. You have to / dont have to / mustnt go out. Its dangerous.
4. You can / should / could write when you were three years old.

5. I cant find my wallet, so I cant / must / shouldnt go to the bank to get some money.
Circle the correct answer.
1. Look at Sally! She can/ could swim fast.........................................................
2. Brad cant / couldnt go to the magic show because he was on holiday.
3. Can / Could you ride a bicycle when you were five?
4. My dad cant / couldnt cook, but he always tries.
5. Danny can / could read when he was four years old.

6.

Circle the correct answer.


1. I think you should / may take an umbrella because it must / might rain.......
2. This exercise may not / mustnt be easy, but lets try.
3. You shouldnt / mustnt smoke here. Its against the law.
4. I should / might go to the party. I havent decided yet.
5. I shouldnt / couldnt hear what you said because the music was so loud.
6. Have a rest. You dont have to / may not finish the project now.

7. Complete the sentences with the modals below. [5 x 2 = 10 points]


mustnt can should could might
1. You talk quietly. The baby is sleeping.
2. She read when she was three years old.
3. You talk during the lesson. Its not polite.
4. I use his computer. He agreed.
5. It be hot tomorrow

8. Complete the sentences with the modals below.


should couldnt mustnt has to can

couldnt find my book, so I didnt do my homework.


1. I .
2. . I use your pen, please?
3. You . be rude to your parents!
4. We . do the project together. Its more fun.
5. Liz . go to the chemists to buy some medicine quickly.

9. Write sentences with the words below.


Donna

must

leave early.

You

should

take a coat.

My friends

mustnt

go to the show.

We

may

talk loudly.

can

swim.

might

read that book.

10. Write sentences with the words below.


1. because its great / should / You / go / to the show
...............................................................................................
2. later / see / may / We / the / film
...............................................................................................
3. talk / You / in / a / mustnt / library
...............................................................................................
4. the / I / understand / story / cant
...............................................................................................
5. friends / might / visit / Our / us / tomorrow
...............................................................................................

11. Translate into English


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c.
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h.
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j.

No debes fumar en los hospitales. Est prohibido.


Puedo hablar con usted, Dr. Smith?
Mam, podemos quedarnos en la cama hasta tarde? Hoy no tenemos que ir al instituto.
Mi hermano saba montar en bicicleta cuando tena tres aos.
se debe de ser el cartero. Siempre viene a la misma hora.
Puede que maana vayamos al cine.
Deberas hacer deporte. Es ms sano que ver la tele.
Sabes conducir una moto?
Lo siento, no podis jugar al baloncesto aqu. Podrais romper algo.
Abro la ventana? Hace mucho calor aqu