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Recognise Modal Verbs

In this worksheet, students will develop their understanding of modal verbs and how they should be used.

'Recognise Modal Verbs' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Modal Verb Awareness

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Worksheet Overview

Sometimes when we write, we need to show the possibility or likelihood of something happening. 


We do this using modal verbs.


Modal verbs are words that show whether something is possible or likely. 


We could go for a walk, but it is raining. 


heavy rain


This shows the likelihood of something happening; they could go for a walk, but as it is raining, it seems likely that they won't!

This sentence would work with should too!


There are other modal verbs that show possibility too...


We may be late due to the traffic. 


traffic jam


The use of the modal verb may here, suggests that there is a possibility that they will be late. 

The modal verb might would also work here!


In this activity, you will see some modal verbs in action and try to spot what they are doing in the sentence. 


girl with magnifying glass


Ready? Let's answer some questions. 

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