Modals: Class 10 Practice Exercises

Modals Practice Questions CBSE Class 10

1. In the following passage, one modal needs to be inserted in each line. Write the missing modal along with the word that comes before and the word that comes after it.

BeforeMissingAfter
Let’s go shopping. I have to by many things.……….……….……….
a) I believe I get them all in this shop.……….……….……….
b) You see, I buy a present for my friend.……….……….……….
c) What we look at first?……….……….……….
d) Gloves. I think they be on this floor.……….……….……….
e) I see just the kind we want.……….……….……….
f) You try these on.

Answer

BeforeMissingAfter
a) Icanget
b) Ihave tobuy
c) Whatshallwe
d) theymightbe
e) Icansee
f) Youshouldtry

2. Fill in the blanks using appropriate modals.

a) Avoid the offending allergen that …………… cause allergy. It ……………… be a particular food, perfume, smoke or a cold environment.
b) Today you ……… put your mind and talents to use. You …………. establish new contacts.
c) He said that the inspector had not been removed. This …………. affect the investigation.
d) He ……………. fail to deliver goods.
e) The company ………………. rather prefer to buy the shares of other financial institutions.

Answer
a) might, may/can
b) should, should/must
c) might
d) may
e) will

3. Fill in the blanks using appropriate modals from must, ought to, dare and used to.

How (a)………… you say such a thing! You (b) …………. be ashamed of yourself. You never (c) ………. be so bold before. You (d) ……………… behave from now.

Answer
a) dare
b) ought to
c) used to
d) must

4. Fill in the blanks with suitable modals.

If we sit in an incorrect posture, we (a) …………. strain our back. As far as possible, this (b) …………… be avoided. If the posture becomes a part of habit, a low back pain invariably develops. It (c) ……………. be cured if we become conscious of our posture. We can also take time out to perform a few exercises. If the exercises are done regularly, the backache (d) …………. certainly, be cured. It (e) ………… also improve the blood circulation within the spine.

Answer
a) might
b) should
c) can
d) will
e) will

5. Complete the passage using suitable modals.

Times have changed. Nowadays, you (a) ………… rush off to travel agent to book tickets for a journey. You (b)………. sit at home and book them over the Internet. However, the experience of one British couple (c) ………… be a warning to everyone. You (d) ……… assume that if you book on the net, mistakes won’t happen. That’s why you (e) ……… always check bookings carefully. If you don’t, you (f) ……… find yourselves in the wrong part of the world. That’s exactly what happened to Emma Dunn and Raoul Sebastian. They set off from London in a large plane, thinking they were on their way to Sydney, Australia. They (g) …………… understand what was happening when they landed at an airport and were asked to transfer to a much smaller plane. It (h) ………. been quite a shock when they finally discovered they were in Canada. They (i) ……………. read their tickets more carefully, because they were booked for Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canda.

Answer 
a) needn’t
b) can
c) ought to
d) shouldn’t
e) must
f) might
g) couldn’t
h) must have
i) should have

6. Sheila has written a dialogue between two friends. But she has used the wrong modals. Find the incorrect modals and replace them with the correct ones in each line.

IncorrectCorrect
a) Ajay:  Where’s Anshul? He can have been here half an hour ago.………………….
b) Mukesh: He should have got lost. He is still new to this town.………………….
c) Ajay: He can have forgotten all about the plan, I suppose.………………….
d) Mukesh: He may not have forgotten. We are talking about it this morning.………………….
e) Ajay: Well, something can have delayed him.………………….

Answer

IncorrectCorrect
a) canshould
b) shouldmay
c) cancould
d) may notcan’t
e) canmust

7. Complete the passage using suitable modals.

You (a) ………………… help the teacher to maintain a neat and organised classroom. You (b) ………… regularly inspect classrooms and (c) ……………… assign duties to class monitors to participate. You (d) ………… ensure drinking water is provided to all. You (e) ……………. impose a fine on students found littering.

Answer
a) must
b) should
c) can
d) must
e) may

8. Rewrite the following sentences using the words given in the brackets.

a) It’s not necessary to buy the cap. (need)
b) The hotels will be full, possibly. (might)
c) I’m sure it is the sun cream you are allergic to. (must)
d) It’s not possible for us to change the weather. (can’t)
e) Is it a good idea to take it with us this time? (should)

Answer
a) We need not buy the cap.
b) The hotels might be full.
c) It must be the sun cream you’re allergic to.
d) We can’t change the weather.
e) Should we take it with us this time?

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