Using modal verbs
Learn how to use modal verbs.
This lesson includes:
Modal verbs are a special type of verb that impact other verbs in a sentence. Words like can/could, may/might, will/would, shall/should and must are modal verbs.
Watch this short clip to remind yourself all about modal verbs.
Watch this video to understand more about how modal verbs can be used in your writing.
Modal verbs can be used to show:
- Possibility (might, should).
- Ability (can, could).
- Obligation (must, have to).
- Give permission (can, may).
- The Sea Monster must go away.
- We should celebrate the work of our healthcare heroes.
You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.
Can you highlight the modal verbs in this piece of text?
Complete this quiz to test your modal verbs knowledge.
You can either print out this activity sheet or write your answers on a piece of paper.
Give this task of completing these sentences with modal verbs a try.
Using modal verbs in your writing can help the person reading your work to understand if the action you are writing about is either possible or impossible, needed permission or had to be done.
Try this modal verbs activity to extend your knowledge even more.