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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Exercises
Modals

 
 

Answer the following questions to check your knowledge of modals.

Choose the correct meaning of the modals in the following sentences.

Example

I must take care of my mother.
ability
strong obligation
willingness

The correct answer is "strong obligation".


1.

Michelle might go to Costa Rica for a holiday.

 

100 percent certain

 

50 to 75 percent certain

 

less than 50 percent certain

     
2.

Michelle had better learn some Spanish before she goes to Costa Rica.

 

ability

 

recommendation

 

possibility

     
3.

Yanni will be in Vancouver next month.

 

100 percent certain

 

50 to 75 percent certain

 

less than 50 percent certain.

     
4.

Daniel should spend some time fixing up his house.

  permission
 

suggestion

 

willingness

     
5.

Hiro needn't take the English course, because his language skills are very good.

 

obligation

 

recommendation

 

no obligation

     

The following sentences are missing modals. The meaning of the modal is shown with the sentence. Choose the modal with the correct meaning to complete each sentence.

Example

I __________ swim, cycle, and run, but I do not want to do a triathlon. (ability)
should
can
must

The correct answer is "can".

     
6.

Terry has done well on his last three exams, so he __________ pass this exam, too. (50% to 75% certain)

  will
  could
  should
     
7.

You __________ sleep at your friend's house this weekend. (permission)

  could
  may
  should
     
8.

Pamela __________ be a straight A student, if she studied. (possible with a condition)

  could
  should
  had better
     
9.

The doctor said that Jeffery __________ travel today, he is too sick. (not permitted to do something)

  needn't
  mightn't
  mustn't
     
10.

Sometimes tourists __________ find our restaurant easily, other times they have trouble. (possibility)

  can
  have to
  could