Modal Verbs Worksheets

Related ELA Standard: L.4.1.C

Core Standard

A modal verb are verbs that behave irregularly in the English language. They are used to express a sense of likelihood (can or could) or something being considered necessary (must or will). You will rarely find a modal by itself, in most cases it has another verb present. Modals are often part of verb phrases and serve as the helping verb in the sentence they reside in. The goals of these parts of speech are to allow authors to express distinctions in meaning in a very polite and cordial manner. You will often find them used in conditions that require a level of civility to receive a desirable outcome such as when making requests or making offers to strike a deal of some kind. These worksheets will help students understand the purpose and proper usage of modals in sentences.