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533 FREE Modal Verbs Worksheets

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GRAMMAR TIP:What Are Modal Verbs?
In the English language, a modal verb is a type of auxiliary verb. The key way to identify a modal verb is by its defectiveness (they have neither participles nor infinitives). In addition, modal verbs do not take the inflection -s or -es in the third person singular, unlike other verbs. A modal verb (also modal, modal auxiliary verb, modal auxiliary) is a type of auxiliary verb that is used to indicate modality -- that is, likelihood, ability, permission, and obligation. The use of auxiliary verbs to express modality is particularly characteristic of Germanic languages. Modal auxiliary verbs give more information about the function of the main verb that follows it. Although having a great variety of communicative functions, these functions can all be related to a scale ranging from possibility ("may") to necessity ("must"). Note that dare and need are much more commonly used as non-modal verbs, taking -s or -es in the third person singular and having an infinitive and past and present participles.
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Modal verbs are another very popular topic in ESL classrooms so busy teachers have submitted 533 related worksheets. With so many to choose from and more being added regularly, you should take a look at the variety of worksheets available and consider using one of them with your students. Let’s take a look at some of these brilliant worksheets. This is a simple modal verbs survey activity for elementary learners; the exercise is to help them practice asking and answers questions about what they can do. Another worksheet focuses on using the phrase “must not” and includes all the instructions for a card game. You can find that right here; your lower level learners will certainly enjoy it. There is also an article with some advice for teaching modal verbs so take a look at that before introducing the topic in your classes.
Modal verbs are used in so many different situations that you should include them throughout your ESL course especially when working with intermediate learners. Modals are used for talking about ability and necessity as well as many other things. Make sure students have a clear understanding of certain modal verbs before having a lesson on giving advice or making suggestions. These words are imperative for this type of lesson. You will certainly find a number of occasions to have students practice using modals so make sure you have a good, memorable introduction to get them started.

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Have To and Has tT

Have To and Has tT

This is a PowerPoint presentation which is appropriate for teaching "have to" and "has to" grammar part. It is suitable for young learners. It contains some pictures and sentences about daily rout ...
2 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Without You

Song Worksheet: Without You

Here is a worksheet using the lyrics of David Guetta and Usher's song Without You. It was originally designed for Brazilian students of English, that's why the vocabulary list provides a translati ...
1 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Never Again! Shudda Stayed at Home

Never Again! Shudda Stayed at Home

This worksheet is to practise talking about regret while working on the pronuncation shudda (should have). Students start by reading a review of gig, then they have to identify at least ten proble ...
3 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Can and Can't PowerPoint

Can and Can't PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is useful when you want to teach your students how to express their abilities with can or can't. It contains the basic rules of this modal verb and also includes some fill in the g ...
3 Elementary
Reading- Should, Should't Have to, Don't Have To

Reading- Should, Should't Have to, Don't Have To

This worksheet contains a reading comprehension exercise about smoking and the consequences it has for someone's health. It also has some grammar excercises to complete using should ,shouldn't, ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
Elementary Hex Game with Questions

Elementary Hex Game with Questions

This is a set of questions for use with the game Hex. It's like playing tic-tac-toe: you number all the squares, and when a team chooses that square, it must answer the question corresponding to t ...
4 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Could You Be Home by Heffron Drive

Song Worksheet: Could You Be Home by Heffron Drive

This worksheet will be good to use for practising grammar requests 'could you?' This song worksheet has pre-listening, while-listening and after-listening activities. After working with the worksh ...
2 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Diagnostic Test Grade 5

Diagnostic Test Grade 5

Diagnistic written test - this test is a way to see what the students remember after summer holidays. It starts with a text with a true/ false exercise and some questions about it. Other contents: ...
1 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Can-Could Quiz

Can-Could Quiz

Consuelo Ardila
Quiz about the use of can-can't-could-couldn't for elementary school students. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the modal auxiliaries. You can use it in class to practice or as a quiz. ...
3 Elementary
Advice Column: Penny Pincher

Advice Column: Penny Pincher

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Students read the advice column. Teacher can guide students through new vocabulary, idioms and expressions. There are discussion questions at the end, but teacher should feel free to ask more ques ...
2 Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Speaking: Practicing Tenses, Passives, and Other Structures

Speaking: Practicing Tenses, Passives, and Other Structures

This worksheet is to practice different tenses, passive voice and some other structures. Cut the table out, divide the rectangles off and distribute them to your students. They are supposed to say ...
5 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
Modal Verbs - an Introductory Lesson (B1, B2)

Modal Verbs - an Introductory Lesson (B1, B2)

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It's an introduction to modal verbs - first some basic rules, then the rules for forming past (not all modal verbs have separate forms for past, some use perfect infinitive - in my experience it i ...
7 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
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Modals-Modals Perfect

Modals-Modals Perfect

This is a powerpoint presentation of modals and modals perfect for esl B1-B2 level. There are no grammar rules, only examples and pictures that better explain the use of modals. A teacher can use ...
3 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
Might - Possibility Quiz

Might - Possibility Quiz

I use the following youtube clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1D7VUIf8bU) to practice using modals (possibility), especially might. The students listen to the sounds of the clip and try to gu ...
2 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Movie Worksheet: Mr Bean the Capers

Movie Worksheet: Mr Bean the Capers

Mr Bean Capers is a video worksheet  about uising the expression can or can't to talk about abilities. It is suitable for elementary students and specially for kids. The video is very ea ...
1 Complete Beginner
Modal Verbs

Modal Verbs

Here is a power point presentation I did for my English class with the definition of modal verbs, a list of them (must, must not, can, could may, might, need, need not, should/ought to, had better ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Gap-fill Story with Auxiliary Verbs

Gap-fill Story with Auxiliary Verbs

The worksheet is aimed to motivate elementary young learners to read an illustrated story about a brother and a sister by using the auxiliary verbs be, can and have got. Students must have been al ...
6 Elementary
Should and Shouldn't

Should and Shouldn't

The worksheet is designed with problem sentences for learners to be practising "should and shouldn't". It is followed by a quiz where paired students have to choose between two answers to a given ...
3 Intermediate
Modal Verb Practice (Elementary Level)

Modal Verb Practice (Elementary Level)

The worksheet contains three activities about modal verbs. The first task is complete the sentences. Use can, can't, could or couldn't. The second task is the same but you have to use can, can't, ...
5 Elementary
Travel Suggestions Based on Films

Travel Suggestions Based on Films

Do you have a lesson on travelling and films? This is your chance to link both of them and engage your students! Tell them that now they are planning their trips to one of the places from the char ...
4 Intermediate
Conditionals, Modal verbs, Passive voice

Conditionals, Modal verbs, Passive voice

This is a worksheet for pre-intermediate and intermediate students for filling the blanks with conditional 0 or 1 and some modal verbs, and turning active sentences into passive ones. It's 30 minu ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Quick Test on Conditionals, Modals & Writing

Quick Test on Conditionals, Modals & Writing

When trying to check an A2 - B1 student's knowledge about these grammar aspects, this worksheet might come in handy. As a student works through the worksheet, the teacher might reinforce the knowl ...
3 Intermediate
Must / Mustn’t vs Have to / Don’t Have To Worksheet

Must / Mustn’t vs Have to / Don’t Have To Worksheet

This is a 2- page worksheet for teaching or revising modal verbs at elementary level. There are 4 different activities in which students are asked to rewrite the sentences, using a form with got i ...
5 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Self Introduction 1

Self Introduction 1

A worksheet for elementary students to start practicing basic self introductions.  In this worksheet, the students write three sentences including their name, something they like and somethin ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
Can and Can't Note Sheet

Can and Can't Note Sheet

A worksheet used to review the words can and can't, including the structures "I/she/he can/can't ". There are spaces for the students to write the words and translate the sentences into their own ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary

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