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Modal Verbs


Level: Intermediate



1. I don't know if I ... resist her charms. You ... come with me. I ... go there alone.

might, may, am not allowed to
may, will, have to
must, must, can't
will be able to, must, can't
will be allowed to, must, mustn't




2. I ... sense danger that night. I was not sure, but there ... be someone watching all my movements, and I ... take the necessary precautions, or else I ... be killed.

should, had to, had to, should
would, would, ought to, had to
can, will, must, may
had to, should, had to, might
could, might, had to, could




3. I ... stay up late that day because it was my birthday. I usually ... be in bed at nine o'clock.

was able to, had to
was allowed to, had to
could, had to
could, might
might, could




4. Ladies and gentlemen! ... I have your attention, please? I ... say something important.

May, have to
Can, could
Might, could
Must, must
Need, should




5. Someone has just rung the bell. It ... be Tom.
It ... be Tom because he is away.


could, might not
could, may not
could, can't
can, may not
must, should




6. What ... today?
We ... go sightseeing.


will we do, can
shall we do, could
would we do, may not
may we do, might
must we do, must




7. Where is Tom?
I don't know, but he ... in the garden.


will have play
can play
might have been playing
could play
may be playing




8. You ... be at home before sunset. Today is your father's birthday, and you ... miss it.

may be, can't
must, can't
have to, could not
will, will
used to, would




9. I ... get up very early in the morning every day to go to work. I ... find another job. I hate getting up early.

have to, must
will have to, could
must, must
must not, should
should, must




10. You ... have come. You ... have phoned me instead.

mustn't, can
may, might
must, could
needn't, could
may not, might




11. I think you ... take an aspirin and lie down a bit. You ... go out in the rain.

must, couldn't
needn't, needn't
should, should not
ought to, hadn't to
shall, shall not


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