Modals are special verbs, such as can or must, which behave very irregularly in English. Englishpage.com's in-depth modal tutorial will help you learn what makes modal verbs special. Study the modal descriptions and complete the exercises to take another step towards English fluency.
1. Read the introduction titled What are Modal Verbs?
2. Complete the exercises below. Each exercise has links to the modals covered. And don't miss our Modal Final Test.
|Modal Verb Exercise 1||Can , Could , Have to , Must , Might and Should|
|Modal Verb Exercise 2||Have to and Must|
|Modal Verb Exercise 3||Might , Must and Should . Afterwards, you can repeat the exercise using Could , Have to and Ought to|
|Modal Verb Exercise 4||Couldn't and Might not|
|Modal Verb Exercise 5||Have got to , Had Better , May and Shall|
|Modal Verb Exercise 6||Could , Might , Should and Would|
|Modal Verb Exercise 7||Modal Verbs Forms|
|Modal Final Test||Cumulative Modal Test|
Modal verbs are special verbs which behave very differently from normal verbs. Here are some important differences:
1. Modal verbs do not take "-s" in the third person.
2. You use "not" to make modal verbs negative, even in simple present and simple past.
3. Many modal verbs cannot be used in the past tenses or the future tenses.
For the purposes of this tutorial, we have included some expressions which are not modal verbs including had better, have to, and have got to. These expressions are closely related to modals in meaning and are often interchanged with them.