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Obligation: should, must , have to downloadable exercises:
modal verbs (present)
It´s a worksheet for students to practise modal verbs in groups - deduction / advice and opinion / ability, possibility, request / obligation, prohibition - and there´s a special section for need to and needn´t with a short grammar explanation. I hope you find it useful!
Level: intermediate
Age: 10-100
Downloads: 387

Parental Obligation - Modals of permission/obligatio n/necessity - Kids and Parenting
A multiple-choice article about the difficulties of parenting, where students choose the correct permssion/obligation /necessity modal. Starts with an activity about parenting classes and the most important things a parent needs to teach their children. Good articles for discussions about discipline, manners, parenting, children´s noise levels, chi...
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-17
Downloads: 320

Sport, Sponsorship and Advertising - Modal Verb Exercises - Chocolate Sponsor Criticised
Modal verb exercises made as a companion for my "Unhealthy World Cup Sponsors" modal review worksheet. Contains an activity regarding World Cup Sponsors, a modal gap fill about chocolate maker Cadbury being criticised for sponsoring the London Olympics, and a key word transformation exercise. Students discuss the impact of advertising on sport, obe...
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-17
Downloads: 184

Modals of obligation (present and past) grammar guide and exercises
Ss learn present and past of modals of obligation (including the negative forms) and do exercises.Key is included. You can find more on modals of obligation at: http://www.eslprinta bles.com/printable.a sp?id=716733#thetop and http://www.esl printables.com/print able.asp?id=716717#t hetop
Level: intermediate
Age: 8-100
Downloads: 163

Bad Parenting? - Modals of Obligation/Necessity /Permission - Kids and Parenting
Two short articles about parenting, where students choose the correct modal of obligation/permissio n/necessity to fit each gap. The 1st is about rapper Sean Combs giving his son a $360000 sports car for his birthday. The 2nd is about a father who put his daughter up for sale on the internet as punishment for breaking school rules. Leads to discuss...
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-17
Downloads: 161


Obligation: should, must , have to
by liliana rota

Level: intermediate
Age: +14

Revising verb forms to express obligation.

Read the following situations and fill in one of the following  verb forms:,
should, shouldn't, should have, shouldn't have , don't have to, doesn't have to,  must, mustn't, must have.

 It’s 8.15 and school starts at 8.00. Mother to son:
1 You be at school at this time.

2 You  skip school, it’s bad for your education. It's also against the rules.

3 You  got up so late.

4 You take a bus, I’ll drive you to school.

5 You  go to bed earlier at night. You'd feel more relaxed in the morning.


Tom looks very pale and tired.       
1 He studied a lot today.

2 He  rest a little before supper. It would do him good.

3 He  study so hard, he knows his lessons very well.

4 He  gone out for a walk in the middle of the afternoon.

5 He  try to be less scared of tests. He wouldn't suffer so much. 

6 He be very worried about tomorrow’s Maths test. 



Jerry said he would invite me to his party but he didn’t.
1 He  make false promises.

2 You’re such a fun at parties, he  invited you.

3 You  get offended, he may have forgotten to ring you up.

4 You  think there’s something wrong with you. It was Jerry’s mistake.

5 If  you don’t go to his party, you  buy him a present. That is an advantage!


 Look, there’s going to be a terrible storm soon.


1 We  hurry home. I think it would be better and safer.

2 We brought an umbrella. We could have walked in the rain.

3 We  stand under a tree. It’s too dangerous.

4 Look, there’s a man selling umbrellas. We absolutely buy one.

5 We  pay very much. I think 5 dollars will be enough.



The house smells of smoke. It’s terrible.
1 Tom is in his room, he be smoking and he never closes the door.

2 He  smoke so much. It’s bad for his health.

3 He  smoked at least 10 cigarettes since this morning.

4 You told him that he could smoke in his bedroom.

5 He  try to give up this bad habit.






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