Saturday, July 12, 2014

Modals exercises

MODALS
SOURCE: Adapted from http://www.e-grammar.org/

A) Fill in the blanks with    can     could     have to      must       might      should

  1. Ted’s flight from Amsterdam took more than 11 hours. He ------------- be exhausted after such a long flight. He ------------- prefer to stay in tonight and get some rest.

2. If you want to get a better feeling for how the city is laid out, you -----------
walk downtown and explore the waterfront.

3. Hiking the trail to the peak ------------ be dangerous if you are not well prepared for dramatic weather changes. You ------------ research the route a little more before you attempt the ascent.

4. When you have a small child in the house, you ------------ leave small objects lying around. Such objects ------------ be swallowed, causing serious injury or even death.

5. Dave: ----------- you hold your breath for more than a minute?
Nathan: No, I can't.

6. Jenny's engagement ring is enormous! It ----------- have cost a fortune.

7. Please make sure to water my plants while I am gone. If they don't get enough water, they      ------------ die.

8. I ----------- speak Arabic fluently when I was a child and we lived in Egypt. But after we moved back to Canada, I had very little exposure to the language and forgot almost everything I knew as a child. Now, I -------------just say a few things in the language.

9. The book is optional. My professor said we ------------ read it if we needed extra credit. But we ----------- read it if we don't want to.

10. Leo: Where is the spatula? It ------------- be in this drawer but it's not here.
Nancy: I just did a load of dishes last night and they're still in the dish washer.  It -------------- be in there. That's the only other place it -------------- be.

B) Rewrite the sentences with   can, may, must or have to.

 Example: Is that all right if I borrow your pen?

                 May/Can I borrow your pen?

1)  Don't park your car on bends. It is illegal.

 You ....................................................................

2)  Perhaps she will agree with it. Who knows?

 She .....................................................................

3)  Our teacher asked us to tidy the classroom.

 We .....................................................................

4)  I need your help. It's too much work for me.

 You ....................................................................

5)  Don't worry about dinner. I'll make it.

 You ....................................................................

6)  It is not necessary to be there.

 We ..................................................................... 

7)  Why don't you stay with us? No problem!

You ....................................................................

 

HOMEWORK

You work for a large company based in a town centre. Most of the employees of the company drive to work. The director of the company has asked you to prepare a proposal on reducing car use by employees. Write your proposal using the modals you have learned.(Taken from Grammar for CAE)


 

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