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  • 1. Can, Could and To Be Able To Exercise Circle the correct answer. Fill the blanks
  • 2. I ______________ remember his name. Could not able C can't B am not able to A
  • 3. Sajeev ______________ the piano. eats C can to play B can play A She ______________ come on holiday next month if her parents give her permission. will be able to C could B can't  A
  • 4. They ______________ go. The weather was too bad. wasn't able to C can't B couldn't A Sorry. I ______________. I haven't got any either. B: Can you lend me some money? A: couldn't C am not able to B can't A
  • 5. You'll be able to solve this, ______________? will you C won't you B can you A Sorry, Teacher. I ______________do it yet. haven't been able to C couldn't B wasn't able to A
  • 6. He ______________ pass the exam if he studied harder. would be able to C can B will be able to A The fishing boat sank but luckily all the crew ______________ save themselves. wasn't able to C could B were able to A
  • 7. We ______________ go to the party. We're going to a wedding. will can't C won't be able to B couldn't  A
  • 8. Modal Verbs of Ability and Permission Exercise Check through the different uses. Can you pass me the salt? CAN, COULD requests 5 You may not talk in the exam CAN'T, MAY NOT refusing permission, prohibition 4 You can use my phone. MAY, CAN giving permission 3 Could I borrow your pen? MAY, CAN, COULD asking for permission 2 María can drive. CAN   expressing ability 1 EXAMPLE MODAL VERBS USE TYPE 
  • 9. Look at the following phrases and write in which type you think it is. Then use one of the modal verbs in brackets to fill the gaps.
  • 10. (Could/May)________________ you open the window a bit, please? You (may/could)________________ leave now if you wish.
  • 11. Listen, please. You (may not/could not)________________  speak during this exam. (May/Can)________________ you play the piano?
  • 12. (Can't/May)________________  I make a call on your mobile ? You (can't/might not)________________ smoke on the bus.
  • 13. (Can't/May)________________ I sit here, please? Do you know if Mark (can/may)________________ sing?
  • 14. I'm sorry but you (can't/may)________________  use the computer until after I've finished . Manoj, your friends (can/could)________________ st- ay the night if they want to. They're perfectly welcome.
  • 15. Listen, please. Students (may/could)________________ study in the library from five to nine in the evening. (May/Could)________________ you lend me Rs 40 till Monday?
  • 16. Modal Verbs of Deduction Exercise
  • 17. She could be Scottish. MAY, MIGHT, COULD for possible explanations 3 She can't be Irish. CAN'T, COULDN'T, MUST to express certainty 2 It may rain tomorrow. MAY, MIGHT, COULD  to express possibilities for the future 1 EXAMPLE MODAL VERBS USE TYPE  
  • 18. Look at the following phrases and write in which type you think they are. Then use one of the modal verbs in brackets to fill the gaps .
  • 19. They (can't/may)________________ still be out! He (can/could)________________ be French, judging by his accent. They (may/must)________________ be away for the weekend but I'm not sure.  
  • 20. The exam (can't/might)________________ be easy. You never know. You (can/might)________________ be right but I'm going to check anyway. With luck, tomorrow (can't/could)________________ be a sunny day.
  • 21. I (can't/might)________________ go to the party but I'm not sure yet. He reckons she's from India but I think she (can't/might)________________ be from Pakistan . It (may/can't)________________ be true about a sauropod dinosaur living in Lake Telé in the Congo. It's impossible.
  • 22. I really think Real Madrid (can't/could)________________ lose the final of the King's Cup. She (can't/could)________________ steal things from shops. She's rich and famous. This (must/could)________________ be the right answer but we'll have to check with your teacher to make sure.
  • 23. He (can't/may)________________ be from the USA. He doesn't speak English. Nobody's answering. They (can't/must)________________ be out. She's been revising 10 hours a day for 3 weeks. She (could/must)________________ be exhausted.
  • 24. Modal Verbs of Obligation Exercise Check through the different uses .
  • 25. Ought to is not used in the negative. You ought to phone your mother. ought to You shouldn't eat so quickly. should recommendation 4 You mustn't insult people. mustn't prohibition 3 He doesn't have to go. don't have to no obligation 2 Use only have to in verb tenses apart from THE PRESENT SIMPLE She had to see a doctor. You must see a doctor. must Must expresses more urgency than have to . María has to go to Rome. have to obligation 1 NOTES EXAMPLES MODAL VERB USE
  • 26. Decide which type of modal goes with each sentence and then fill the gaps with have to , must, should or ought to . When you see NEGATIVE ,  the modal verb must be in a negative form.
  • 27. Stupid boy! You _____________ play with matches! NEGATIVE It's alright. You _____________  come to Muriel's wedding if you don't want to. NEGATIVE If you want to lose weight, you _____________ eat pasta, potatoes, white bread or white rice. NEGATIVE
  • 28. The weather forecast says this weekend will be fine.  We _____________  go on a picnic. You _____________ remember your passport. Otherwise they won't let you on the plane. I haven't heard from Sajeev for ages. Maybe I _____________ give her a ring.
  • 29. You _____________ take life so seriously. Relax a bit. NEGATIVE You _____________  come if you don't feel like it. NEGATIVE You _____________ go there on your own. It's extremely dangerous. NEGATIVE
  • 30. These instructions are difficult to follow. They _____________ to explain things better. You _____________ drink and drive. NEGATIVE Orange juice in cartons has no goodness in it at all. You _____________ make it yourself.