Modal Auxiliary Verbs: Exercise

February 17, 2011pdf

Fill in the blanks with appropriate modal auxiliary verbs. Each question is followed by four suggested answers. Choose the most appropriate one.

1. He is afraid to speak, lest he ………………………. be laughed at.

a) would
b) should
c) can
d) could

2. He said he ………………………….¬† not come.

a) would
b) should
c) can
d) ought

3. Had I seen you, I ………………………. have come.

a) would
b) should
c) ought

d) can

4. He ……………………… swim across the river when he was young.

a) could
b) can
c) might
d) should

5. He told me that he ………………………. not help me.

a) could
b) can
c) ought
d) shall

6. ……………….. you live long!

a) may
b) might
c) shall
d) should

7. If I had studied medicine I ………………………. have become a doctor.

a) will
b) would
c) can
d) may

8. I ………………….. have arrived in time, if I had not lost my way.

a) could
b) can
c) may
d) shall

9. I …………………… very much like to see my old classmates.

a) will
b) would
c) should
d) might

10. We ………………………. not hurry, we have¬† got plenty of time.

a) should
b) need
c) must
d) would

Answers

1. b) should
2. a) would
3. a) would
4. a) could
5. a) could
6. a) may
7. b) would
8. a) could
9. b) would
10. b) need

Free Grammar Guide: "120 Deadly Grammar and Vocabulary Mistakes."