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Learn - Modal Verbs
Watch this short clip to remind you of what verbs are.
A verb is a word used to describe an action, state or occurrence. They can also be used to describe a state (being or feeling something).
Verbs can be used to describe an action, that’s doing something. For example, the word ‘jumping’ in this sentence:
‘The rabbit was jumping in the field.’
They can also be used to describe a state of being (feeling something). For example, the word ‘likes' here:
‘The monster likes rollercoasters.’
Or a verb can be used to describe an occurrence, (something that’s happening). For example, the word ‘became’ in this sentence:
‘The caterpillar became a butterfly.’
Now, watch this short clip to understand what modal verbs are and how they can be used.
Modal verbs are a special type of verb that impact other verbs in a sentence.
Words such as: can/could, may/might, will/would, shall/should and must are modal verbs.
They can be used to show:
- possibility (for example might, should)
- ability (for example can, could)
- obligation (for example must, have to)
- give permission (for example can, may).
For example, 'the Sea Monster should go away'.
'Should' is the modal verb here as it indicates the likelihood of the Sea Monster going.
Watch this video all about Emperor Penguins. Can you write five sentences about Emperor Penguins that each include a modal verb?
Can you write a sentence that includes a negative modal verb. For example, ‘the fluffy chicks shouldn’t walk too far from their parents’.
Using modal verbs in your writing can help the person reading your work to understand if the action you are writing about is possible or impossible, needs permission or has to be done.
- ‘the penguins must huddle together to stay warm in the blizzard'
- 'the baby penguins should stay close to their parents to stay safe'.
Please click the link here to do an online modal verbs task. Once you have finished it you hit the 'check answers' button below the exercise to check your work. Please make sure you read all the sentences carefully before definitley inputting an answer.
Eric bakes these two trays of muffins.
He eats 2 muffins.
His dad eats 3 muffins.
His sister eats 4 muffins.
How many muffins does he have left?
Lola buys this key ring.
Her mum gives a quarter of the money.
She pays for the rest herself.
How much does she pay herself?
How old is the teacher?
Ten trees are planted in a row.
The trees are spaced out equally.
The distance between the fourth and sixth tree is 8 metres.
What is the distance between the first and last tree?
Filip has these five digit cards.
He uses all of the cards to make a three-digit number and a two-digit number.
He multiplies the two numbers together and the answer is 15,741.
What are the two numbers Filip makes?
Here are two identical rectangles.
The length of each rectangle is double its width.
Work out the coordinates of point C.
A college has a vending machine that only sells crisps.
Crisps cost 55p per bag.
The table shows the amount of different coins taken in one day.
How many bags of crisps were sold?