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Understand Modal Verbs 1

In this worksheet, students consider how modal verbs are used to give shades of meaning to sentences.

'Understand Modal Verbs 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar: Adverbs, Adverbials & Modal Verbs

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Worksheet Overview

There is special group of verbs called modal verbs. These are:

can / could

will / would

shall / should

may / might

must / ought to


They are used in three main ways:


1) To show how likely something is to happen.

I will come.

I might come.


2) To show skills or abilities.

She can play the piano.

He could speak French when he was three.


3) For giving permission, orders and advice.

You must work harder.

May I leave the room, please?

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