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Modal verbs - introduction and practice

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MODAL VERBS                                

What are modals?

  • They are special verbs which behave differently from normal vebs.

What are the differences?

  • Firstly, we do not use ''s'' in the third person (e.g. She can cook. He must go now.)
  • Secondly, we use ''not'' to make modal verbs negative (e.g. You should not eat it!)
  • Thirdly, we do not use modals in the past tenses or the future tenses (e.g. They will can stay at home)

What modal verbs are there?

Can           Could           May        Might       Must          Shall       Should       Ought to   Will    Would


Choose the correct modal verb:

  1.  I know you   be hungry so I prepared you a sandwich.
  2. I  believe it! Did he really ask her to marry him?!
  3. You  be ashamed of yourself! You behaved like a pig by eating all the cake on your own! Shame on you!
  4. You  tell me all about it!
  5.  you have a look at what I've written? Is it OK?
  6. For my next holiday I  go to Hungary or Austria. I'm not sure really.
  7. You  see a doctor. I can see you don't look too good!
  8. You  be joking!
  9. I  visit you at the weekend or go to the cinema. I'll let you know.
  10. She  swim very well.