Grammar | Modal Verbs 1 Quiz

Level: Intermediate - Upper-Intermediate
Quiz time: about 15 minutes
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Complete the sentences using can or (be) able to. If can is not possible, use (be) able to.

1. 
Gary has traveled a lot. He ______ speak five languages.

2. 
I haven't ______ sleep very well recently.

3. 
Nicole ______ drive, but she doesn't have a car.

4. 
I used to ______ stand on my head, but I can't do it anymore.

5. 
I can't understand Mark. I've never ______ understand him.

6. 
I can't see you on Friday. but I ______ meet you on Saturday morning.

7. 
Ask Katherine about your problem. She might ______ help you.

8. 
You have to be careful in this part of the city. It ______ be dangerous.

9. 
Michael has lived in Italy a long time, so he should ______ speak Italian.

Complete the sentences with can/can’t/could/couldn’t + the following:

believe - come - hear - run - sleep - wait

10. 
I'm afraid I ______ to your party next week.

11. 
When Dan was 16, he ______ 100 meters in 11 seconds.

12. 
'Are you in a hurry?' 'No, I've got plenty of time. I ______.'

13. 
I don't feel good this morning. I ______ last night.

14. 
Can you speak a little louder? I ______ you very well.

15. 
I was amazed when I heard the news. I ______ it.

Complete the answers to the questions with was/were able to … .

16. 
a: Did everybody escape from the fire? b: Yes. The fire spread quickly, but everybody ______.

17. 
a: Did you finish your work this afternoon? b: Yes, there was nobody to disturb me, so I ______.

18. 
a: Did you solve the problem? b: Yes, we did. It wasn’t easy, but we ______.

19. 
a: Did the thief get away? b: Yes. No-one realized what was happening and the thief ______.

Complete the sentences using could, couldn’t or managed to.

20. 
My grandfather travelled a lot. He ______ speak five languages.

21. 
I looked everywhere for the book, but I ______ find it.

22. 
They didn’t want to come with us at first, but we ______ persuade them.

23. 
Jessica had hurt her foot and ______ walk very well.

24. 
There was a small fire in the kitchen, but fortunately I ______ put it out.

25. 
The walls were thin and I ______ hear people talking in the next room.

26. 
I ran my first marathon recently. It was very hard, but I ______ finish.

27. 
My grandmother loved music. She ______ play the piano very well.

28. 
We wanted to go to the concert, but we ______ get tickets.

29. 
A girl fell into the river, but some people ______ pull her out. She’s all right now.

Put in can or could.

30. 
This is a wonderful place. I ______ stay here forever.

31. 
I’m so angry with him. I ______ kill him!

32. 
I ______ hear a strange noise. What is it?

33. 
It’s so nice here. I ______ sit here all day but unfortunately I have to go.

34. 
I ______ understand your point of view, but I don’t agree with you.

35. 
Peter is a keen musician. He plays the flute and he ______ also play the piano.

36. 
The company Amy works for isn’t doing well. She ______ lose her job.

37. 
Some people are unlucky. Life ______ be very unfair.

38. 
I’ve been really stupid. I ______ kick myself.

39. 
Be careful climbing that tree. You ______ fall.

Complete the sentences. Choose from:
gone - could be - could come - could sleep - have moved - could have - could have come - could have been
40. 
a: Are you tired? b: Yes, very tired. I feel as if I ______ for a week.

41. 
a: I spent a very boring evening at home yesterday. b: Why did you stay at home? You ______ out with us.

42. 
a: Shall I open this letter? b: Yes. It ______ important.

43. 
a: How was your exam? Was it difficult? b: It wasn’t so bad. It ______ worse.

44. 
a: I got very wet walking home in the rain. b: Why did you walk? You ______ taken a taxi.

45. 
a: Where shall we meet tomorrow? b: Well, I ______ to your office if you like.

46. 
a: Does Tom still live in the same place? b: I’m not sure. He could ______.

47. 
a: Did you go to university? b: No. I could have ______, but I didn’t want to.

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