Modal verbs exercises

The modal verbs (will, can, may, must, etc.) are used to show if something is seen as certain, probable or possible (or not). They are also used in a sentence to express ability, asking permission, making requests and offers, and so on.

These modalities (ability, permission, advice, etc.) can be practised in the following exercises.

ability

  • exercise 1: choose the most appropriate auxiliary for expressing ability
  • exercise 2: choose can, can’t, could, couldn’t or will be able to
  • exercise 3: choose can, could or to be able to
  • exercise 4: fill in can, could, be able to, may or might

permission 

advice

  • exercise 1: choose could, would or should
  • exercise 2: fill in should, ought to or had better
  • exercise 3: choose the most appropriate auxiliary for expressing permission

deduction and probability 

  • exercise 1: choose should have, might have, must have or can’t have 
  • exercise 2: fill in must have, might have, should have or can’t have 
  • exercise 3: choose the most appropriate auxiliary for strong probability
  • exercise 4: choose the most appropriate auxiliary for present probability
  • exercise 5: choose the most appropriate auxiliary for past probability
  • exercise 6: fill in must have, can’t have, couldn’t have, may have
  • exercise 7: fill in must, can’t, could, may, might

necessity and obligation 

request 

  • exercise 1: choose the most appropriate auxiliary for a request
  • exercise 2: choose would you, could you, will you or can you

modality mix

  • exercise 1: choose can, could, may, might or must
  • exercise 2: choose can, could, may, might, must, must have or should
  • exercise 3: multiple choice exercise practising modal verbs
  • exercise 4: exercise practising recognizing ability, permission, requests and advice
  • exercise 5: choose the correct modal verb form
  • exercise 6: choose the correct modal verb form
  • exercise 7: choose the correct modal verb form
  • exercise 8: fill in could, didn’t need, needn’t, ought, should or shouldn’t
  • exercise 9: fill in can, could, have to, must, might or should
  • exercise 10: fill in can, couldn’t, have to, might, must, ought to,  shouldn’t or was able
  • exercise 11: choose the correct modal verb form
  • exercise 12: choose the correct modal verb form

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