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Understand Modal Verbs

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

'Understand Modal Verbs ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Modal Verb Awareness

Popular topics:   Verbs worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

There is a special group of verbs called modal verbs. These include:


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.


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3) For giving permission, orders and advice.

You must work harder.

May I leave the room, please?


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Let's have a look at some examples in the questions that follow.

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