Modal Verbs

Excercise 1:

Rephrase the following sentences using an appropriate modal verb. Make any necessary changes to the sentences.

a) Students are obliged to respect the school rules.

Students ______________________________________________________________

b) The children have permission to play and run in the school yard.

The children _________________________________________________________

c) Mum, do you want me to fetch Billy from school?

Mum, ________________________________________________________________

d) Sarita has to finish her Project today or she’ll be in trouble.

Sarita _______________________________________________________________

e) Parents have the duty to supervise what their children are doing on the internet.

Parents ______________________________________________________________

Excercise 2:

Choose a modal verb (in the affirmative, interrogative or negative form) for each gap according to its function in brackets.

a) I think John ____________ show up at the dinner party as he likes Brenda so much. (probability)

b) ____________ we go for a ride in the countryside this weekend? (suggestion)

c) Lisa ____________ study harder if shw wants to get into university. (necessity or obligation)

d) Ruth, you ____________ play music so loudly as your father is working. (duty – negative)

e) Dad, ____________ I stay up late tonight? There’s a good film on at 10. (asking for permission)

f) Ricky, you ____________ talk in the library. You’ll disturb the other students. (prohibition)

Solutions:

a) Students must respect the school rules.

b) The children can play and run in the school yard.

c) Mum, should I fetch Billy from school?

d) Sarita must finish her Project today or she’ll be in trouble.

e) Parents ought to supervise what their children are doing on the internet.

Excercise 2:

a) I think John may show up at the dinner party as he likes Brenda so much.

b) Shall we go for a ride in the countryside this weekend?

c) Lisa should study harder if shw wants to get into university.

d) Ruth, you shouldn’t play music so loudly as your father is working.

e) Dad, can I stay up late tonight? There’s a good film on at 10.

f) Ricky, you mustn’t talk in the library. You’ll disturb the other students.

Font: Start-up 10 (workbook)

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