Modals of Ability: Can & Could

The English language has many modals—words that come before verbs and provide extra meaning such as ability, necessity, possibility, etc. The modals of ability, can and could, are useful for students to learn early on. We’ve created a new Modals of Ability lesson that centers around a common theme: hobbies and leisure activities!

The best thing about this 13-page lesson is that it includes separate exercises on can and could as well as mixed exercises that compare the present and past modals of ability. This means that you can choose to present only the tasks on can, or only the ones on could, or do them all—you can decide based on the needs of your young learners.

This lesson starts off with clear, easy-to-follow grammar explanations on modals in general, can and can’t, and could and couldn’t. This is followed by matchup, writing, pair work, and find someone who exercises for can (affirmative sentences, negative sentences, and questions). Next, students can try our fill in the blanks and writing exercises for could (affirmative sentences, negative sentences, and questions). Finally, there is a complete the story exercise and multiple choice quiz comparing can and could.

We hope your beginner to intermediate students will enjoy our new, comprehensive grammar lesson!

Find this lesson in the Grammar School – Basic Grammar Structures.


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