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555 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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May, Might, Used to/ For

May, Might, Used to/ For

This power-point presentation is appropriate for teaching grammar: speculation with may and might, used to and used for and the use of made of in English grammar. It is suitable for elementary stu ...
3 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Modal Verbs

Modal Verbs

This power-point presentation provides brief and simple explanations of each modal verb (can-could-may-might-must) and some exercises related to them. The aim is to clarify the use of each modal v ...
10 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Song Worksheet: White Flag by Dido - Relationships

Song Worksheet: White Flag by Dido - Relationships

Yanina
Thia worksheet will allow students to start a debate about painful relationships and broken hearts. First, they have to spot the extra word in some verses and then guess the meaning of some idioms ...
1 Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Green Eyes by Coldplay

Song Worksheet: Green Eyes by Coldplay

BusyTeacher Contributor
This is a song that I used to introduce the modal verbs "must", "should" and "could". Students are asked to first complete sentences with the words they listen to (only modals) and then they are a ...
1 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Modal Verbs

Modal Verbs

This worksheet contains brief explanations of each modal verb (can- have to- must- should) and some graphic examples that illustrate each of them. There are lots of exercises to practice. You can ...
5 Pre-Intermediate
Life through the Microscope

Life through the Microscope

I created this worksheet to help my students practise the modals of deduction and supposition in a fun way. They look at the picture through the microscope and try to guess what it might be. I'm ...
8 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
School Rules - Must, Must Not, Have To, Don't Have To and Can

School Rules - Must, Must Not, Have To, Don't Have To and Can

The target language for this worksheet is must, must not, have to, don't have to and can. The way I used it was to first have students guess what the school rules were in my old school (in the US ...
8 Complete BeginnerElementary
First Aid Kit PowerPoint

First Aid Kit PowerPoint

This PowerPoint deals with some vocabulary items that we can find in a first aid kit, such as ice pack, thermometer, bandages, etc. It follows with some questions about when we should use these it ...
3 Elementary
My Favourite Superhero

My Favourite Superhero

This worksheet focuses on the revision of the following grammar points: can/can't, like+ing,  dislike+ing, degrees of ability, imperative, free-time activities, why/b ...
7 Elementary
Modal Verbs and Emotions

Modal Verbs and Emotions

anderson
A test for emotions and modal verbs for 8th grade students. It contains grammar exercises and some activities matching emotions with pictures. Some exercises of completing sentences and gap comple ...
5 ElementaryPre-IntermediateExam Level
Test

Test

Here you will find exercises about modal verbs and vocabulary from compound nouns and other that can be very useful for teachers and students. This can be used as a worksheet or as a test for your ...
3 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateExam Level
What Do They Have to Do?

What Do They Have to Do?

This task practises describing particular jobs. With the help of vocabulary sets students build up sentences about what each proffessional has to or doesn't have to do. You can use it either as a ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
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 ...
4 ElementaryPre-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 ...
3 Complete BeginnerElementaryPre-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 IntermediateUpper 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 ...
6 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, ...
6 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 ...
6 ElementaryPre-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-IntermediateIntermediateUpper 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: ...
2 ElementaryPre-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. ...
6 Elementary
Advice Column: Penny Pincher

Advice Column: Penny Pincher

BusyTeacher Contributor
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 ...
10 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Modal Verbs - an Introductory Lesson (B1, B2)

Modal Verbs - an Introductory Lesson (B1, B2)

Eva PS
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 ...
9 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
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 ...
4 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level

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About Modal Verbs Worksheets
Modal verbs are another very popular topic in ESL classrooms so busy teachers have submitted 555 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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