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501 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 501 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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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, ...
3 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 ...
3 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 ...
2 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
Tipping Guide: Speaking Modal Verbs Practice

Tipping Guide: Speaking Modal Verbs Practice

This NYC tipping guide is taken from the research of Waitbutwhy.com, original available here http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/04/everything-dont-know-tipping.html. I used the chart to start a discu ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
What Can You Do In...?

What Can You Do In...?

This ppt combines types of buildings and other places in a town with modal "can". First your students will see a picture which represents a building in a town - let them name it. Then ask them wha ...
4 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Can You or Can´t You?

Can You or Can´t You?

This ppt is good to practise "can" questions. It also includes several activities supported by pictures. As you proceed with the ppt, let your students name the activity they see and then ask a qu ...
4 Elementary
Song Worksheet: How Insensitive

Song Worksheet: How Insensitive

Gap-text where students listen and fill in the blanks. For teens or adults. Level: pre-intermediate or higher. Grammar structure in song: past modals of deduction (must have seemed, ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Football World Cup Predictions Game

Football World Cup Predictions Game

These are 16 cards for Group B of the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil. You can modify it to include the teams you want. Instructions are included, but the gist is that it is a speaking game to p ...
2 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Must / Mustn't

Must / Mustn't

Ppt presentation about must and mustn't for pre-intermediate students (10th grade). This presentation describes structures and correct use of both (must and mustn't), and gives the complete explan ...
2 Pre-Intermediate
Have/ Has To

Have/ Has To

Practice modals of necessity (have to- has to) by filling in the blanks using proper have to structure and match the examples with the pictures. The exercise also contains the practice where the s ...
2 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Do You Have Any Advice?

Do You Have Any Advice?

This presentation introduces how to give advice using the modal forms could - should - and must as well as to suggest and to recommend. I had ss work in pairs or small groups to come up with idea ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Can Worksheet

Can Worksheet

This is a little worksheet to practice the use of «can» .I used it as a test of the meaning of verbs. Children must match the verbs with pictures, and then they make a question to ea ...
2 Complete Beginner
Animal Body Parts

Animal Body Parts

Aim: to strengthen the students’ vocabulary knowledge linked with animal body parts and help them to make sentences by using ‘can/ can’t’. It is assumed that students have ...
2 Elementary
Can You? Interview Homework

Can You? Interview Homework

An interview sheet made for elementary school students to practice asking "Can you...?" at home. Students write two questions to ask a family member or friend outside of class. They then write a ...
1 Complete Beginner Elementary
Making Requests and Asking for Permission

Making Requests and Asking for Permission

This worksheet is an easy way to practice how to ask for permission as well as to make a request. Some of the expressions you will practice are: Do you mind if...? Could you...? Can you...? I ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
I Can- I Can't

I Can- I Can't

This is a simple worksheet for beginning writers to practice writing 'I can...' and 'I can't....'. There are models of how to write both and two lines with traceable words plus space for the stud ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
Modal Verbs and Phrases

Modal Verbs and Phrases

The following activity will help your students practice modal verbs and phrases. It should be completed in pairs. Students A and B have gaps in different sentences. As Student A completes his sent ...
8 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Can (Present Simple)

Can (Present Simple)

This presentation is for beginners and elementary level. It demonstrates different types of sentences with "can": positive sentences, negative ones and questions. Also the presentation shows that ...
1 Complete Beginner Elementary
Musicians and Instruments

Musicians and Instruments

Students learn vocabulary connected to music. Students have to write the names of musicians under the pictures. They have also write sentences using verb 'can' and musical instruments, e.g. He can ...
1 Elementary
Can/ to Be/ Have got

Can/ to Be/ Have got

This is a little worksheet to practice the use of "have got","can", “to be". Children make sentences to each picture using the verbs, which are written in the pictures. Ask them to make as m ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
Should - Shouldn't Drilling

Should - Shouldn't Drilling

This worksheet is aimed at students who already know a little bit about structure and functions of modal verb should affirmative and negative. It is composed of 4 activities. The first 2 are filli ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate

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