Modal Auxiliary Verbs Worksheet for Class 10

The words will, would, shall, should, can, could, may, might, must, ought to, need and dare are called modal auxiliary verbs. They express ideas such as ability, possibility, threat, prohibition, obligation etc.

Fill in the blanks with an appropriate modal auxiliary verb.

1. I am going camping next week. That ………………….. be fun. (must / can / may)

2. There is the doorbell. Who …………………. it be? (may / can / would)

3. Why is she getting late? She ………………………… be working now. (may not / cannot / shall not)

4. Where …………………….. I buy used laptops? (may / can / will)

5. I am busy right now but I ……………………. talk to you in the afternoon. (can / may / should)

6. It ………………………. be the milkman. He has already been. (can’t / mayn’t / shan’t)

7. Indians …………………….. visit Nepal without a visa. (can / may / will)

8. They have not arrived yet. There ……………………….. be something wrong. (must / can / should)

9. They left in the morning so they ……………………… have arrived by now. (can / must / would)

10. You ………………………… lose weight. (must / may / will)

11. You ……………………… call me whenever you want. (will / can / shall)

12. ‘The phone is ringing.’ ‘I ………………….. answer it.’ (can / will / may)

13. The car …………………… start again. (won’t / can’t / shan’t)

14. I ……………………. break your neck if you do that again. (will / shall / can)

15. …………………………. I open the window? (Will / Shall/ Would)

16. ‘I think we are going to win.’ ‘You …………………. be right. (may / will / can)

17. She ……………………. arrive in the afternoon. (can / may / might)

18. Aruna hasn’t returned yet. She …………………….. have missed the train. (might / can / may)

19. ‘Where is Meera?’ ‘She ………………….. have gone shopping’. (may / might / could / all of these)

20. You ……………………. waste your time on useless pursuits. (must not / will not / cannot)

Answers

1. I am going camping next week. That must be fun.

2. There is the doorbell. Who can it be?

3. Why is she getting late? She cannot be working now.

4. Where can I buy used laptops?

5. I am busy right now but I can talk to you in the afternoon.

6. It can’t be the milkman. He has already been.

7. Indians can visit Nepal without a visa.

8. They have not arrived yet. There must be something wrong.

9. They left in the morning so they must have arrived by now.

10. You must lose weight.

11. You can call me whenever you want.

12. ‘The phone is ringing.’ ‘I will answer it.’

13. The car won’t start again.

14. I will break your neck if you do that again.

15. Shall I open the window?

16. ‘I think we are going to win.’ ‘You may be right.

17. She may / might arrive in the afternoon.

18. Aruna hasn’t returned yet. She might / may have missed the train.

19. ‘Where is Meera?’ ‘She may / might / could have gone shopping’.

20. You must not waste your time on useless pursuits.

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