This speaking activity is designed to help practise using modal verbs in conversation. This activity is part of a lesson on modal verbs in our Intermediate English Course. If you are looking for exercises for this topic you can find them here. If you are looking for information about modal verbs in the past, please follow the link to our Upper-Intermediate Course.
Ask and answer these questions in pairs or groups to practise using modal verbs to talk about obligations, prohibition and to make recommendations in context.
- What can’t you do well that you would like to be able to do better?
- What can you do that most people can’t do?
- Can you play any instruments? How well?
- Can you sing?
- What can you do in some countries but not in others?
- What can people do in your city to have fun?
- What can’t you do in your school or workplace?
- Is there anything that you could do when you were younger that you can’t do well now?
- Is there anything that you couldn’t do well when you were young that you can do well now?
- If you could live anywhere you wanted, where would you live?
- If you could live in any time in history, when would you choose?
May / might
- What might you do after class?
- What might you do this weekend?
- Do you think that it might rain this week?
- if you aren’t married, do you think that you might get married in the future?
- if you don’t have children, do you think that you might have children in the future?
- Is there any thing that you must do today?
- What mustn’t you do if you want to be healthy?
- What should you do if you want to be healthy?
- What shouldn’t you do at work?
- What should you do if you want to learn another language well?
- Do you think that education should be free? Why or why not?
- Do you think that healthcare should be free? Why or why not?