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Grade 4 Language - Modal Auxiliaries

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Modal auxiliaries include helping verbs. In 4th grade, these verbs include can, may, must and might. Each helping verb means something different in regard to the extent to which something is done. Students should be aware which helping verbs should be used in certain situations. In this quiz, students will determine which helping verb fits into the sentence.

1.
Which word fits into the blank of the sentence below?
My mother ____ buy milk now to have cereal tomorrow.
can
may
must
might
This is something that has to happen in order for people to eat cereal for breakfast tomorrow.
2.
Which word fits into the blank of the sentence below?
I ____ make it to the top of the mountain, but I’m not sure.
can
may
must
might
This person isn't sure whether she can make it to the top of the mountain or not, so "might" should be used.
3.
Which word fits into the blank of the sentence below?
“You ____ have this dress, Angela if you want it,” Angela’s mother said to her.
can
may
must
might
This is a situation that is asking for or allowing permission.
4.
Which word fits into the blank of the sentence below?
Tommy ____ win the race if he practices a lot.
can
may
must
might
"Can" is used to show ability.
5.
Which word fits into the blank of the sentence below?
Sarah ____ do her chores in order to get her money.
can
may
must
might
This is an event that Sarah has to do, so "must" fits best in the blank.
6.
Which word fits into the blank of the sentence below?
The little boy asks, “____ I have this candy?”
Can
May
Must
Might
This is situation involves asking permission, so "may" should be used.
7.
Which word fits into the blank of the sentence below?
Since the young boy used a stack of books, he ____ now reach the top shelf.
can
may
must
might
"Can" is used to explain whether the boy will be able to reach the books or not and he can reach the books.
8.
Which word fits into the blank of the sentence below?
I ____ go through the blue door or maybe the red door.
can
may
must
might
This is a situation where the person isn't sure what he is going to do.
9.
Which word fits into the blank of the sentence below?
Students ____ do their homework to get a good grade at school.
can
may
must
might
Homework has to get done or a student will not get a good grade, so "must" should be used.
10.
Which word fits into the blank of the sentence below?
Billy ____ ride a bike because he has had lots of practice.
can
may
must
might
This situation is about a boy who has the ability to do something.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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