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GRAMMAR & 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 do my homework.

Ability
Strong obligation
Willingness

The correct answer is "Strong obligation".



1.

Jack might buy the house.

  100 percent certain
  50 to 75 percent certain
  Less than 50 percent certain
     
2.

Mary should finish her studies before she goes travelling.

  Ability
  Recommendation
  Possibility
     
3.

Yuki will be in Tokyo next week.

  100 percent certain
  50 to 75 percent certain
  Less than 50 percent certain
     
4.

David should talk to his boss about getting a raise in pay.

  Permission
  Suggestion
  Willingness
     
5.

Hiro needn't take the TOEFL test because he is fluent in English.

  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 _________ play piano tonight. (ability)

should
can
must

The correct answer is "can".

     
6.

Terry has won his last three races, so he ____________ win this race, too. (50 percent to 75 percent certain)

  will
  could
  should
     
7.

You __________ stay home from school today. (permission)

  could
  may
  should
     
8.

Patricia __________ pass the English test easily, if she studied. (possible with a condition)

  could
  should
  had better
     
9.

The doctor said that Junko ________ go to work today, she is too sick. (not permitted to do something)

  needn't
  mightn't
  mustn't
     
10.

"__________ take you to the airport." (willing to do something)

  Can I
  I'll
  I might