Modals Practice Exercises in Grammar

Modal verbs are a type of auxiliary verb that are used to express possibility, permission, necessity, obligation, or advice. They can be tricky to use, but with practice, you’ll be using them like a pro in no time! This blog post provides a variety of practice exercises to help you improve your understanding of modal verbs.

Exercise 1

Fill in the blanks with the correct modal verb.

  1. I ____ (can/could) help you with that.
  2. You ____ (must/should) be careful crossing the street.
  3. She ____ (may/might) be late for work today.
  4. We ____ (can/could) go to the park if you want.
  5. He ____ (must/should) have studied harder for the test.


  1. can
  2. must
  3. might
  4. could
  5. should

Exercise 2

Identify the modal verb in the following sentences.

  1. I can speak three languages.
  2. You must be at least 18 years old to vote.
  3. She might be able to help you.
  4. We could go to the movies tonight if you want.
  5. He should have told me he was going to be late.


  1. can
  2. must
  3. might
  4. could
  5. should

Exercise 3

Write a sentence using each of the following modal verbs:

  • can
  • could
  • may
  • might
  • must
  • ought to
  • shall
  • should
  • will
  • would


  • I can speak English.
  • I could speak French if I wanted to.
  • You may use my phone if you need to.
  • She might be able to help you find what you’re looking for.
  • We must finish our homework before we go out.
  • I ought to study for my test tomorrow.
  • We shall see each other again soon.
  • You should be more careful.
  • I will help you with that.
  • I would like to go to the park.

Note: The above sentences are from our side. You can make your own sentences

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