Cours Stage - Conjugaison 2

Exercice - Modal verbs

L'énoncé

The following sentences are wrong. Correct them using the right modal verb from the list:

will - won't - would - may - might - could - should - can - can't - must - mustn't - shall 

 

Example:

They must afford a new car, they don't have the money. 

 

Correction:

They must afford a new car, they don't have the money. 

They can't afford a new car, they don't have the money. 


Question 1

You won't hand in your papers now. 

You won't hand in your papers now. 

You must hand in your papers now. 

Here we need a modal verb to express obligation. 

Question 2

Our guests may arrive tomorrow at 10 o'clock. 

Our guests may arrive tomorrow at 10 o'clock.

Our guests will arrive tomorrow at 10 o'clock. 

In this case we're talking about something certain in the future.

Question 3

It shall be a shame to throw that piece of cake away. 

It shall be a shame to throw that piece of cake away. 

It would be a shame to throw that piece of cake away.

Question 4

Should you bring me those glasses?

Should you bring me those glasses?

Could/Would you bring me those glasses?

 

Will and can are also possible.

There's more than one possible modal verb which can be used in this sentence.

Question 5

We would move out next year; I'm not sure. 

We would move out next year; I'm not sure. 

We may/might move out next year; I'm not sure. 

Here we need a modal verb to express probability. 

Question 6

He's so gifted, he mustn't speak five languages.

He's so gifted, he mustn't speak five languages.

He's so gifted, he can speak five languages.

Here we need a modal verb to express the ability of doing something.

Question 7

Is everyone here? Would we begin?

Is everyone here? Would we begin?

Is everyone here? Shall we begin?

Question 8

This can be Ben's notebook; I recognize his handwriting. 

This can be Ben's notebook; I recognize his handwriting. 

This must be Ben's notebook; I recognize his handwriting.