KS3 English Quiz - Verbs (Modal) 01 (Questions)

In the world of English, modal verbs such as "can", "will", "shall", "may", "ought" and "must" help main verbs. For example, in the sentence, "he can run fast", the verb is "run" and the modal verb is "can".

Each modal verb helps other verbs to express different shades of meaning. "You can read the newspaper" is very different from "you must read the newspaper". MUST, in turn, is much stronger than OUGHT. "You ought to read the newspaper" is a recommendation.

Sometimes people ask permission by requesting, "Can I....?", to which pedantic people will always respond, "May you". CAN means "to be able" to do something, whereas MAY asks whether one is permitted to do something.

WILL is interesting because it is now used in English to create the future tense: "I will go to the cinema". In the past, WILL meant "to want", so "I will go to the cinema" would've meant "I want to go to the cinema" (not that there were cinemas so long ago...). Use modal verbs for precision in your writing.

To sharpen your modal verbs skills, have a go at the following quiz.

1. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
I will see my cousins tomorrow; I might see my aunt too.
[ ] cousins, aunt
[ ] see, see
[ ] tomorrow, too
[ ] will, might
2. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
I will receive my exam results later and Amy might too.
[ ] exam, results
[ ] I, Amy
[ ] receive, later
[ ] will, might
3. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
Can you pass me the salt please? I might need it.
[ ] Can, might
[ ] pass, need
[ ] you, I
[ ] you, me
4. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
May I borrow this book please? I will read it tonight.
[ ] book, tonight
[ ] borrow, read
[ ] I, it
[ ] May, will
5. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
When can we meet? I must do my homework first.
[ ] can, must
[ ] meet, do
[ ] we, I
[ ] When, first
6. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
I will see you next week; you must come when you can.
[ ] I, you, you
[ ] next, week, come
[ ] see, come, can
[ ] will, must, can
7. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
Should we call him? He might still be at home.
[ ] call, be
[ ] him, he
[ ] Should, might
[ ] we, he
8. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
Would you like a cup of tea? I'd like coffee please.
[ ] like, like
[ ] tea, coffee
[ ] Would, I'd (= I would)
[ ] you, I
9. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
I must go to the wedding and you ought to go too.
[ ] go, go
[ ] I, you
[ ] must, ought
[ ] to, too
10. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
They might not go to the wedding but I might go.
[ ] go, go
[ ] might, might
[ ] They, I
[ ] wedding, go

 

KS3 English Quiz - Verbs (Modal) 01 (Answers)
1. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
I will see my cousins tomorrow; I might see my aunt too.
[ ] cousins, aunt
[ ] see, see
[ ] tomorrow, too
[x] will, might
Modal verbs can be used to imply the future
2. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
I will receive my exam results later and Amy might too.
[ ] exam, results
[ ] I, Amy
[ ] receive, later
[x] will, might
Modal verbs can also express possibility or uncertainty, as here with "might"
3. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
Can you pass me the salt please? I might need it.
[x] Can, might
[ ] pass, need
[ ] you, I
[ ] you, me
Modal verbs can make your speech or writing more polite. "Would you like" is more polite than "do you want"
4. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
May I borrow this book please? I will read it tonight.
[ ] book, tonight
[ ] borrow, read
[ ] I, it
[x] May, will
"May I?" is a polite way of asking permission
5. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
When can we meet? I must do my homework first.
[x] can, must
[ ] meet, do
[ ] we, I
[ ] When, first
Modal verbs help the verbs "meet" and "do" here
6. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
I will see you next week; you must come when you can.
[ ] I, you, you
[ ] next, week, come
[ ] see, come, can
[x] will, must, can
Modal verbs imply the future here
7. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
Should we call him? He might still be at home.
[ ] call, be
[ ] him, he
[x] Should, might
[ ] we, he
"Might" gives the sense of "perhaps"
8. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
Would you like a cup of tea? I'd like coffee please.
[ ] like, like
[ ] tea, coffee
[x] Would, I'd (= I would)
[ ] you, I
Modal verbs make requests more polite (i.e. not just "coffee please!")
9. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
I must go to the wedding and you ought to go too.
[ ] go, go
[ ] I, you
[x] must, ought
[ ] to, too
"Must" is very definite; use it for a commanding tone
10. Find the modal verbs in the following sentence.
They might not go to the wedding but I might go.
[ ] go, go
[x] might, might
[ ] They, I
[ ] wedding, go
Use modals to change tone and effect in writing