Modal Verbs Activity 1

Modal Verbs Worksheet 1

Understanding Modal Verbs

Modal verbs are a type of auxiliary verb that express necessity, possibility, ability, or permission in a sentence. They help to convey the attitude or the mood of the speaker.

Fill in the Blank: Fill in the blank with the correct words.

  1. _ eat dinner with you tonight.
  2. She _ speak French fluently.
  3. You _ complete this task on time.
  4. They _ go to the party if they finish their homework.
  5. We _ watch a movie after school.

Word Bank:
can, must, might, could, should

Multiple Choice Questions: Choose the correct answer from the choices for each question.

  1. Sarah _ bake a cake for the school bake sale.
    A) can
    B) will
    C) must
    D) to
  2. You _ bring your textbook to class tomorrow.
    A) shouldn’t
    B) wouldn’t
    C) haven’t to
    D) doesn’t
  3. He _ go to the park if it rains.
    A) needn’t
    B) wouldn’t
    C) shall
    D) mightn’t
  4. We _ start working on the project as soon as possible.
    A) couldn’t
    B) must
    C) to
    D) shall
  5. Maria, you _ try the new restaurant downtown.
    A) shouldn’t
    B) couldn’t
    C) to
    D) must

Open Ended Questions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences.

  1. What is the difference between “can” and “could” in terms of usage?
    Answer: _________________________________________
  2. Explain when to use “must” instead of “should” in a sentence.
    Answer: _________________________________________

Answer Key:
Fill in the Blank:

  1. can
  2. can
  3. must
  4. might
  5. can

Multiple Choice Questions:

  1. A) can
  2. A) shouldn’t
  3. A) needn’t
  4. B) must
  5. D) must

Open Ended Questions:

  1. Can is used for present ability, while could is used for past ability.
  2. “Must” is used for strong obligation or necessity, while “should” is used for advice or recommendation.

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