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 Modals: Obligation - Necessity -  Prohibition - Suggestion 

 Match the verbs in bold to their meanings. Which express: obligation, prohibition,suggestion,necessity, lack of necessity?


You must hurry or you'll miss your appointment.   A. This is very important: it is  essential.                                         

You ought to see your dentist for a check-up.   B. This is forbidden. You're not allowed to do it.

You must eat a balanced diet.       C. This is necessary.

You need to drink about eight glasses of water every day.   D. I advise you not to do this.

You mustn't park here.    E. This is a rule/law.

You don't have to study medicine to become a social worker.   F. It would be a good idea to do this.

You shouldn't go out in the sun without a hat.   G. You can do this if you want to but it's not necessary.

In the UK you have ( got ) to be 18 to be able to vote.    H. It is important that you do this.


Fill in: ( not ) have to, should ( n't ), need, ought to or must.


  •     Although you like spicy food, I think you  use less chilli when cooking.

  •    All medicine  be kept out of children's reach.

  •     To be healfhy you  exercise regularly.

  •     You     eat lots of fruit and vegetables.

  •     Mr Simms      to have an operation immediately.

  •     You  check the expiry date on food labels.

  •     We       replace proper meals with junk food.

  •      I can stay in bed late tomorrow as I       work.


Which modal verbs express: permission, lack of permission, ability, lack of ability, request, possibility? 


Could/Would you please help me carry this box?  

You may/can borrow my bicycle as long as you promise to bring it back before 6pm.  

Jason can speak French and German.  

Carol may/might/could help you if she's free.  

You can't use the computer.  

You can't/mustn't/may not eat or drink in the library.  


Fill in: didn't have to, needn't have, should ( n't ) have, ought ( not ) to have could ( n't ) have

1. You  gone to bed earlier if you wanted to catch the early train.

2. Helen  eaten so much ice cream. It always gives her indigestion.

3. You  bought a ticket. I had an extra one just in case.

4. I wasn't well prepared for the exam. I'm sure I  passed it.

5. Dennis  pay any medical expenses as he's got private health insurance.

6. Harriet  visited the dentist because she didn't have any cavities.




  modals downloadable worksheets:
CAN & CAN´T - Expressing Ability
2 easy exercises to practice the Affirmative and negative of modal verb CAN.
Level: elementary
Age: 11-14
Downloads: 2905

Worksheet to learn/study the different uses of modal verbs. It can be used as a classroom poster. I hope you like it and find it useful. Have a nice evening/day. Hugs!
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-17
Downloads: 2666

Modal Verbs
Consolidation exercises about some MODAL VERBS.
Level: elementary
Age: 11-14
Downloads: 2441

CAN / CAN´T (1)
Three exercises to practise can and can´t.
Level: elementary
Age: 7-12
Downloads: 2384

Second worksheet of a set of three on health problems. Here students give advice using “should” or “shouldn’t” + one of the verbs in the list provided.THE KEY IS INCLUDED. I hope you like it and find it useful. Have a nice evening/day!
Level: elementary
Age: 12-14
Downloads: 2107

Modals for ability, logical conclusion, necessity, obligation, permission, possibility, prohibition and requests.
Complete with the suitable modal verbs; choose the correct meaning; rephrase the sentences using suitable modal verbs. Key included.
Level: intermediate
Age: 14-17
Downloads: 1623

Should & Shouldn´t
This worksheet is about the use of should & shouldn´t. It includes several exercises on their use. I added a black version. Answer key is included. I hope you like it.
Level: intermediate
Age: 9-17
Downloads: 1515

Students match the verbs to the pictures and practise questions and short answers with the verb can.
Level: elementary
Age: 7-12
Downloads: 1502


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