Friday, March 23, 2007

Modal Verbs in the past!

Finally, a grammar post!

What you have to do is look at the pictures, imagine what probably happened BEFORE the picture, and write sentences speculating about what might/could/may/must/can't/couldn't have happened to the people in the pics or suggest what they should/could have done to prevent their situations. Don't forget to number the sentences according to the numbers of the pictures.


Mildred said...

Picture 1- He might hav e slept badly last night. He m ay have failed his math test. He should have studied more.
Picture 2 - He might have been fired. He may not have worked enough to meet his boss' demands.
Picture 3 - The guy might have lost his monthly report. He shoul have saved his work.
Picture 5 - She may have broken her doll. She m ay not have been allowed to play in the playground with her friends.
Picture 6 - She may have broken up with her boyfriend. She could have drunk too much. She should have gone home to rest or think about her life.
Picture 7 - He may have taken his parachute. He should have checked his baggage before entering the airplane.
Picture 9 - He may have lost his directions. He should have taken his compass.

Ronaldo Lima, Jr. said...

Great comment! I loved the sentences, very creative and grammatically correct!

Raquel said...

Despite of being late, I did some sentences:
Picture 1 - The boy might have been tired because he studied all day.
Picture 2 - He couldn't have lost all his money in Wall Street! He should have had more care with his investments.
Picture 3 - He could have been stressed because he had many works to do at the same time.
Picture 4 - The boys may have been painted by other students because they joined the university recently.
Picture 5 - The little girl might have been upset because she forgot her toy at the playground. She should have paid more attention in her things.
Picture 6 - She shouldn't have drunk so much. She must have been depressed because she was fired.
Picture 7 - He might have bitten his nails because he had an important appointment. He should have done other thing to relax.
Picture 8 - The girls may have been surprised because they saw a naked man walking in the supermarket.
Picture 9 - He may have lost his friends during the walk. He should have gotten a map with him.

Ronaldo Lima, Jr. said...

Better late than never! =)
Great sentences, congrats!!!

Dennis said...

Oí, Ronaldo.

Very creative work on your past modal exercise! It worked very effectively for students to use the pictures as prompts for which modal(s) was/were appropriate. I'll also have to say that it couldn't have been easy to find just the right photos!


Dennis in Phoenix

Ronaldo Lima, Jr. said...

Hi Dennis.

Thanks for the comment! Yes, finding the pics was not easy, I had to use emotions for the search, things as "anxious", "worried" and so on.

Um abraço!

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