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MODAL VERBS

                   I can fly !!! 
                                              I can fly !!!
        

1. Express functions

2. Have the same form for all persons

3. Followed by Infinitive without “to”

4. Affirmative: Subject + Modal verb + Infinitive

5. Negative: Subject + Modal verb+ not (n’t) + Infinitive

6. Interrogative: Modal  verb+ Subject + Infinitive  ?

 
 

 

Modals

 

 

Functions

 

  Examples

Can    (Present)

Could  ( Past)

Ability / Capacity

 

She can cook Chinese food.

She could speak Chinese when she was 5 years old.

Can  

Could (more polite)

May (more formal)

Request / Permission

 

Can/ May I book a table online?

Could you tell me the Chef’s name?

Can I go to the restaurant with you? Yes, you can.

May  

Might (less probable)

 

Possibility / Probability

 

 

The restaurant may /might be close today.

 

Must

 

Mustn’t

Obligation /

 Necessity

Prohibition

A cook must wear a cook uniform.

I must buy some bread.

You mustn’t smoke in restaurants.

Should

Advice

Duty / moral obligation

You should eat more vegetables and fruit.

Children should respect their parents.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Look at the table and do these exercises.
 

 

Picture

Choose the modal verb

Choose the function.

Write R(for Right) and W (for wrong)

1.

 

 

 We   drive more than 70Km per hour.

Advice 

Ability

Prohibition

2.

  

Carol      ice-skating terrifically well but I

Advice    

Obligation 

Ability    

3.

 

“ Super Size Me” is a good film on fast food. I think you  see it.

Permission 

Advice     

Possibility  

4.

 

 

     I have the menu, please?

Request     

Duty         

Necessity   

5.

 

The school canteens    have balanced meals.

Moral obligation

Possibility     

Permission     

6.

 

My uncle James died last year. He  perform magic.

Obligation    

Permission    

Ability        

7.

 

I haven’t got any money . I go to an ATM machine.

Ability        

Necessity    

Permission    

8.

 

 

There are some clouds in the sky . It       rain.

Request       

Possibility     

Necessity     

 
 
 
 
Good Work!!!
Cristina Teixeira
 
 

 

       

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