Modal Auxiliaries Worksheets:
Can - We walk you through how to spot those pesky auxiliary verbs. Read each sentence. Is can used to express ability, willingness, permission or
possibility? Write the correct answer on the line beside each sentence.
Could - Take a look at how "could" functions in sentences. Read each sentence. Is can used (A) to give the sentence a
conditional tone, (B) to be the past tense of can, or (C) to suggest
possibility? Write the letter of the correct answer on the line.
A Boxing Match - An epic battle between "can" and "could". You are the referee. Can and could are duking it out to see who belongs in the
most sentences. Each sentence is a round in their boxing match.
Auxiliary Verbs - A little fill the sentence using multiple choices. Read each sentence below. Choose the
correct word to fill in the blank.
May | Might - We learn how to modify the mood of the sentences. May is
used to express permission or possibility. The negative of may is may not. Might is also used to express
possibility. The difference between them is that the possibility expressed by might is usually smaller. The
negative of might is might not.
Using Will and Would - For each sentence below, choose the correct word, will or would. Would has several functions: It functions as the past tense of
will; it functions as the conditional mood of will; It is used to be polite. The negative of would is
would not or the contraction wouldn't.
Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Match the meaning and usage on the left to the correct modal auxiliary verb on the right below. Some answers may be used more than once.
Ought to and Had Better - Fill in the blank with the best choice, ought to, had better, could or should, given the context of the sentence.
Should and Shall - It is different than will in that it is used to express an order or prophecy. The negative of shall is shall not or the contraction shan't.
Modify Me - The right-hand column contains some common modal auxiliary verbs. For each sentence, choose the correct modal auxiliary verb to fill in the blank.
Must and Have to - Read each sentence below. Should the missing word be must, have to or are both correct? Write the correct answer on the line.