Modal verbs exercises

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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