CBSE Class 10 English Modals Assignment

CBSE Class 10 English Modals Assignment. Students are advised to refer to the attached assignments and practice them regularly. This will help them to identify their weak areas and will help them to score better in examination. Parents should download and give the assignments to their children for practice.


Modals are those auxiliary (helping) verbs which express the ‘mode’ or ‘manner’ of the actions indicated by the main verbs. They express modes such as ability, possibility, probability, permission, obligation, etc.

The following are modal auxiliaries:


Shall, should, will, would, can, could, may, might, must, ought to, used to,need, dare.

Use of Modal Auxiliaries

(a) Shall and Will

1. ‘Shall’ is used with the first person subject (I, we) and ‘will’, used with all person subject, to express simple future.

2. ‘Shall’ with the first person subject, expresses:

Intention e.g. I shall go home today,

promise e.g. I shall try to do better.

Threat e.g. I shall kill him.

Determination e.g. I shall do or die.


3. ‘Will’ with the second & third person subject, expresses:

order e.g. You will do it just now.

threat e.g. You will be punished

promise e.g. You will have a holiday

determination e.g. You will work for me.

Intention e.g. Will he go with you?


(b) ‘Would’ is used to express: Determination

e.g. I would have my way.

habitual action e.g. he would sit all day with the book in his hand.

willingness e.g. I would do my best to satisfy you.

wish e.g. Would that I were healthy.


(c) ‘Should’ is used to express:

Duty e.g. We should keep our word.

advice e.g. you should take rest.’

after ‘lest ’e.g. Work hard lest you should fail.

polite request e.g. Should I help you to solve this problem?


(d) ‘May’ is used to express:

Possibility e.g. he may succeed in his work.

Permission e.g. may I come in?

Wish e.g. may you live long.

Purpose e.g. he works hard so that he may pass.


(e) Can is used to express:

Power/ability e.g.

He can swim

He cannot speak English

Permission e.g.

You can go now.

Can I use your bicycle?



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