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Modal Verbs

Level: Advanced

1. I don't know why Mary still hasn't arrived. She ... ill, or she ... an accident.

may be, may have
may be, may have had
may have been, may have had
must be, must have
could be, should have had

2. You ... in Tim's car.
I didn't know that Tim was invited. You ... me.

could come, could tell
could come, should tell
could have come, should have told
must have come, could have told
may have come, ought to have told

3. He ... very ugly, but he has a heart of gold, and is my boyfriend. I find it annoying that you ... this to me so often.

may be, should say
could be, ought to say
might be, could say
can be, will say
could have been, ought to have said

4. ... anything strange, please call me at once. We ... a single mistake.

Could you see, may not make
Can you see, must not make
You could see, cannot make
You should see, cannot make
Should you see, cannot make

5. We ... home now. It is getting late, and we ... very early tomorrow.

will go, would get up
should go, mustn't get up
must go, needn't get up
had better go, have to get up
could have gone, might have got up

6. There ... somebody in the house. I ... some voices, and the lights are on.

could be, may hear
has to be, will hear
must be, can hear
can't be, am able to hear
ought to be, would hear

7. Is Mary in?
No, she isn't, but I think she ... here any minute now. You ... in and wait for her.

must be, must come
could be, could come
can be, are able to come
ought to be, used to come
should be, can come

8. I have brought two bottles of red wine.
Thank you very much, but you ... anything. We have wine in the house and you are short of money.

mustn't have brought
needn't have brought
can't have brought
may not have brought
won't have brought

9. The sunsets of Eivissa ... magnificent. We ... the Balearic islands again next year.

may be, may visit
should be, should visit
can be, must visit
could be, would visit
could have been, would have visited

10. Mary ... your purse. She was not there. It ... Tim, as he was caught stealing Mr Brown's wallet.

couldn't steal, has to be
may not have stolen, may have been
needn't have stolen, could have been
can't have stolen, must have been
wouldn't steal, would be

11. We ... them a message, because they already knew.
But you ... one to us. We didn't know.

didn't need to send, could have sent
needn't have sent, might have sent
didn't need to send, must have sent
needn't have sent, could have sent
mustn't send, must send

12. What ... for the party?
I think you ... the blue dress on. You look beautiful in that dress.

need I wear, could put
must I wear, can put
should I wear, may put
will I wear, should put
shall I wear, should put


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