Modal Verbs For Ability Quiz



Modal Verbs For Ability Quiz

Question 1

You might choose to use be able to, even when can/could are possible, in order to:

A

Show you are talking about a specific moment

B

Show you are talking about the future

C

Sound more conversational

D

Sound more formal

 

Question 2

You might need to use a form of be able to if:

A

You want to use a verb tense other than the present/past simple

B

You are talking about ability in the future

C

You are talking about a specific ability in the present

D

You are writing in formal English

 

 

 

Question 3

If you have a choice between using can/could and be able to, you should generally use:

A

can/could

B

be able to

 

 

Question 4

«We weren’t able to help them.»

Is it possible to use could in this sentence?

A

Yes

B

No

 

 

 

Question 5

«I could do it by Friday if you gave me some help.»

How could you use be able to in this sentence?

A

I am able to do it by Friday

B

I would be able to do it by Friday

C

I was able to do it by Friday

D

I will be able to do it by Friday

 

 

Question 6

«It was close, but we were just able to finish everything.»

Is it possible to use could in this sentence?

A

No

B

Yes

 

 

 

Question 7

The verb can can be used to talk about:

A

The present only

B

The present or the future

C

The present or the past

D

The future only

 

 

Question 8

«We weren’t able to get hold of him.»

«We didn’t manage to get hold of him.»

Do these sentences have the same meaning, or are they different?

A

They are different

B

They are the same

 

Modal Verbs For Ability Quiz

Question 1

CORRECT

You might choose to use be able to, even when can/could are possible, in order to:

 

Show you are talking about a specific moment

 

Show you are talking about the future

 

Sound more conversational

 

Sound more formal

Question 2

CORRECT

You might need to use a form of be able to if:

 

You want to use a verb tense other than the present/past simple

 

You are talking about ability in the future

 

You are talking about a specific ability in the present

 

You are writing in formal English

Question 2 Explanation

You only need to use ‘be able to’ in two cases: if you are using a verb tense where ‘can’ can’t be used (e.g. the present perfect), or if you are talking about a specific ability in the past. In all other cases, you can choose which to use.

Question 3

CORRECT

If you have a choice between using can/could and be able to, you should generally use:

 

can/could

 

be able to

Question 3 Explanation

It’s more common, and it sounds more natural, to use ‘can/could’ in most sentences if it is possible to do so.

Question 4

CORRECT

«We weren’t able to help them.»

Is it possible to use could in this sentence?

 

Yes

 

No

Question 4 Explanation

Although this sentence is about a specific ability at a specific moment in the past, it is also negative, which means using ‘could’ is possible.

Question 5

CORRECT

«I could do it by Friday if you gave me some help.»

How could you use be able to in this sentence?

 

I am able to do it by Friday

 

I would be able to do it by Friday

 

I was able to do it by Friday

 

I will be able to do it by Friday

Question 6

CORRECT

«It was close, but we were just able to finish everything.»

Is it possible to use could in this sentence?

 

No

 

Yes

Question 6 Explanation

This sentence is about a specific ability at a specific moment in the past, so ‘could’ is not possible.

Question 7

CORRECT

The verb can can be used to talk about:

 

The present only

 

The present or the future

 

The present or the past

 

The future only

Question 8

CORRECT

«We weren’t able to get hold of him.»

«We didn’t manage to get hold of him.»

Do these sentences have the same meaning, or are they different?

 

They are different

 

They are the same

 

 

 

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