Modals Exercises

Time and again, modals have confused students and remained one of the topics in English Grammar that children want to avoid. But modals do play an important role in framing correct sentences. So it’s important that students have a clear understanding of modals. The confusion that the children face can be to some extent lessened by giving them several exercises to practise. The more they practise, the clearer the concept becomes.

If you’re looking for modal exercises, then your search ends here with BYJU’S. We at BYJU’S make sure that you get exercises related to the particular topics you are looking for. Our team works diligently to bring modal exercises for students of all classes. These exercises are designed as per the new patterns of questions that are asked in school exams.

Modal Exercises with Answers

No doubt, modals can be confusing, and more than one modal can be used in a sentence. So how would the students make sure that the modals they are using sentences are correct? This problem is taken care of by the BYJU’S team as we bring before you complete modal exercises with answers.

Fill in the Blanks with the Correct Modals

Read the sentences given below and use the correct modals.

  1. I __ arrange the flowers for the bouquet. (may/can)
  2. __ I borrow this pen from you? (may/might)
  3. The teacher __ ask you to bring the homework. (might/can)
  4. According to the weather forecast, it ___ snow heavily tomorrow. (may/shall)
  5. Raj hasn’t studied well. He __ fail his exam. (might/shall)
  6. You __ follow the traffic rules. (may/must)
  7. It __ be difficult to live amidst war. (should/must)
  8. My mother __ scold me if I don’t go back on time. (will/may)
  9. We ___ take care of our parents. (ought to/ could)
  10. I __ visit the local grocery store soon. (shall/can)
  11. You ___ be punctual. (should/ought)
  12. One __ repay all their debts. (must/ought to)
  13. __ you show me the road to the market? (could/might)
  14. The child __ be taken to hospital immediately. (must/might)
  15. ___ you have hot chocolate? (shall/will)

Answers –

  1. Can
  2. May
  3. Might
  4. May
  5. Might
  6. Must
  7. Must
  8. Will
  9. Ought to
  10. Shall
  11. Should
  12. Ought to
  13. Could
  14. Must
  15. Will

Choose the Correct Modal and Circle It.

Read the sentences and choose the correct modal that’s to be used.

  1. My teacher (can/must) speak four languages.
  2. (May/should) I use your mobile to call my mother?
  3. You (must/could) not speak loudly in the hospital.
  4. I (could/must) use a little help in packing all these clothes.
  5. Madam (could/may) you repeat what you said?
  6. I (can/might) not be able to make it tonight.
  7. Sheldon (ought to/must) study more if he wants to pass the test.
  8. (Can/May) you come to the prom with me?
  9. My parents (shall/ought to) arrive soon.
  10. I (could/must) be late as I have a lot on my plate.
  11. Leonard (can/may) easily solve the problem.
  12. It (might/should) rain tomorrow.
  13. (May/might) all your wishes come true in life.
  14. I (could/might) not be any happier.

Answers –

  1. Can
  2. May
  3. Must
  4. Could
  5. Could
  6. Might
  7. Must
  8. Can
  9. Shall
  10. Could
  11. Can
  12. Might
  13. May
  14. Could

Frequently Asked Questions

What are modals?

Verbs that are generally used before ordinary verbs to express permission/necessity/certainty/ability etc.

Are ‘could’ and ‘might’ same as ‘can’ and ‘may’?

The modals ‘could’ and ‘might’ can be considered as the past equivalents/forms of the modals ‘can’ and ‘may’. It’s also used as a less positive version of ‘can’ and ‘may’.

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