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MODAL VERBS are auxiliary verbs which:
* do not change in form (I can, you can, he can ... we can ...) 
* use inversion in questions (modal + subject + main verb) and not the auxiliary "do"
* take "not" to form the negative (and not the auxiliary "do") - can / can't
* are followed by a bare infinitive (without "to" - except ought to)
MODAL VERBS are auxiliary verbs which:
* can have more than one meaning depending on the context
EXAMPLES with "can"
Can I come in? asking for permission
He can speak 5 languages. expressing ability
You can't make so much noise in here. expressing prohibition
 
 
 
CHOOSE THE CORRECT MEANING:
 
a)  They can dance beautifully.
b)  She must go to the bank.
c)  Be careful or you will fall into the river.
d)  Linda shouldn't eat so much.
e)  As a Portuguese student you needn't have a passport when you travel to England.
 
f)  Students can't smoke in the classroom.
g) Would you like some dessert?  - Yes, please. We'll have the lemon pie.
h) It's so hot. He must be very thirsty.
i)  Could I please use your phone?
j)  Did you feed the cat? -Oh no! I will do it now.
 
COMPLETE WITH A SUITABLE MODAL VERB ACCORDING TO THE MEANING IN BRACKETS. 
SOMETIMES MORE THAN ONE IS POSSIBLE!
 
a)  She  drive very well yet. (inability)
b)   you help me, please? (request)
c)  As an English citizen you  change money when you travel to Scotland. (no necessity)
d)  It  be sunny in Southern England tomorrow. (prediction)
e)  Today I  go by taxi to work. (possibility)
f)   He has been drinking. He  drive. (advice)
g)  I  call you on Sunday. (intention)
h)  I  be late for work again. (prohibition)
i)   She  go to the police. (obligation)
j)  I have a terrible headache.  you bring me an aspirin, please? (request)
 

 

       

  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

 
SUMMARY OF MODAL VERBS (B&W VERSION INCLUDED)
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

 
SHOULD - SHOULDN´T ( HEALTH PROBLEMS ) KEY INCLUDED
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

 
CAN / CAN´T (2) QUESTIONS AND SHORT ANSWERS
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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