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English Language Exercises


Intermediate Level

Can, Could, May and Might

Use one of  the modal verbs in brackets to fill each gap. 

1 They (can/might)________________ be away for the weekend but I'm not sure.
2 You (may/might)________________ leave now if you wish.
3 (Could/May)________________ you open the window a bit, please?
4 He (can/could)________________ be from Poznan, judging by his accent.
5 (May/Can)________________ you swim?
6 Listen, please. You (may not/might not)________________  speak during this exam.
7 They (can't/may not)________________ still be out!
8 You (couldn't/might not)________________ smoke on the bus.
9 With luck, tomorrow (can/could)________________ be a cooler day.
10 You (can/might)________________ be right but I'm going back to check the times.
ANSWERS: 1  might                                   6   may
2  may                                     7   can't
3 Could                                   8   couldn't
4 could.                                  9   could
5 Can                                     10  might


Advanced Level

Choose the correct MODAL:

are, can, could, do, does, has, have, must, should, would


Waiting for the Metro in Paris is a lot more pleasant nowadays, thanks to a project orchestrated by transit officials.

As Jim Bittermann reports, it brings a whole new concept to the term "underground music."

It may be rush hour in the Paris underground, but these days down here there are good reasons to slow down a little when commuting is more than just getting from A to B, when the transit #1________________ be too rapid.

Increasingly, the underground tunnels Parisians know as the Metro echo with music worth being late for. That wasn't, and even today, isn't always the case. There's never a shortage of those risking starvation by attempting to sing for their supper, and there's always someone to appreciate an artist struggling.

In the past, without much success, authorities periodically #2________________ tried to eject the would-be musicians who inflict themselves on the travelling public. But with their numbers continually growing, the situation seemed to be getting out of hand.

Transit officials came to the conclusion that if they #3________________ not beat the musicians at their game, perhaps they #4________________ perhaps join them, or at least organize it a little better. So just over a year ago, they set up auditions to select the 300-or-so performers who #5________________ become the official underground musicians of Paris.

And it is now an ongoing process. Every six months, all the officially sanctioned musicians, minus those who #6_______________ found real work and plus those looking for a underground gig, #7________________ appear at a Metro audition.

Antione Nazo, a one-time guitar plucker himself, video tapes them all for approval by a music committee. "We #8________________ not have the pretension that we #9________________ selecting music virtuosos," Nazo says. "We just put ourselves in the shoes of the riders. We want good quality music, not too aggressive, and as diversified as possible."

Diversification #10________________ never been a problem in Paris. A city which, as a current exhibition on street musicians plainly illustrates, has more than two centuries of encouraging the artists who work its boulevard.

For those selected to be the Metro's officially sanctioned performers, there's a badge which ensures they #11________________ work uninterrupted by transit authority police, and which often guarantees as well a good well travelled spot in a busy metro station, which some musicians, when the mood of the travelling public is right, #12________________ mean as much as 600 euros a day in income.

Of course, that #13________________ not happen every day to everyone. But many down here are not looking for a fortune.

Paul Suzan said that "the people who play here play because they first of all, they love the music. But it keeps you in shape and gives you some pocket money".

After a year in operation, Metro authorities believe their official musicians #14________________ raised the quality of underground performances and the mood of the travelling public, and prove that there's more than one way an underground #15________________ move people.



1: can     2: have     3: could     4: should     5: would     6: have     7: must     8: *do     9: are
10: has     11: can    12: can     13: does    14: have    15: can