CBSE Class 8 English Modals Concepts and Exercise

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Characteristics of Modal Verbs

There are a small number of modal verbs, and they display distinct features that set them apart from other auxiliary verbs.(a verb used in forming the tenses, moods, and voices of other verbs.)

They differ from other auxiliaries in the following ways:

They do not agree in the third-person singular, as do other auxiliaries and lexical verbs.

Eg. - She can play the piano beautifully.

It might rain, carry your umbrella.

They are followed by a bare infinitive form of another verb. Most other verbs use the infinitive with toOught is an exception to this rule. It does require a to-infinitive but otherwise behaves like other modal verbs.

Eg. - They must work on the project.
Rajan could jump over the fence when he was young.
We ought to respect our elders.

They have no non-finite forms (present participle, past participle or infinitive). As a consequence, they cannot appear in places in the verb phrase where one of these forms would be required:

Exercise -

Using modals write five instructions that you will see in a zoo. Do not repeat the modals.

Using modals frame five instructions that you will see in a museum. Do not repeat the modals.

Using modals write five instructions that you will see outside a Library. Do not repeat the modals.

Using modals write five instructions that you will see in an Amusement Park. Do not repeat the modals.

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