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Past Modals Quiz


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The missing millions

“I don’t understand how all the money went missing,” said the bank
manager as he took Inspector Hall down the dark stairs and into the
underground room where the safe was kept.

“1___ the thieves have got in through this door?” the inspector
asked as the manager unlocked the door.

A. Could

B. Must


I …………….. wait for the bus for a long time. It arrived in just 5 minutes.

A. could

B. couldn´t

C. had to

D. didn´t have to


‘I think I’ve seen this film before.’ ‘You  ___ seen it – it’s just been released.’

A. might have

B. can’t have


My eyes weren´t so good so I …………….. wear my reading glasses.

A. could

B. couldn´t

C. had to

D. didn´t have to


When talking about a gymnast who didn’t win a competition, you can say:

A. “She must have felt terribly sad.”

B. ” She must have won the gold medal.”

C. “She could have won the gold medal. I know how hard she trained.”


She …………….. take a photo because her brother already took tens of photos.

A. could

B. couldn´t

C. had to

D. didn´t have to


I finished the test earlier but I …………….. stay until the end of the lesson.

A. could

B. couldn´t

C. had to

D. didn´t have to


I …………….. revise for the test because I know everything.

A. could

B. couldn´t

C. had to

D. didn´t have to


Your little brother failed a test. You say:

A. You could have studied.

B. You must studied.

C. “You should have studied. You shouldn’t have played video games all weekend.”


Nobody came to the meeting. The date _________________ been incorrect on the invitation.

A. must have

B. might have

C. should have

D. can’t have


As they entered the room where the empty safe was, Inspector Hall started looking for clues.

“If the robbers didn’t get in through the door, they ___ have found another way in,” he said.

A. must

B. can’t


I haven’t got my wallet. I  ____ left it at home.

A. should have

B. must have


When he was younger, he …………….. run very fast and he was in the running team at school.

A. could

B. couldn´t

C. had to

D. didn´t have to


‘I just saw John in town and he ignored me!’ ‘I’m sure he didn’t ignore you – he ___ seen you.’

A. shouldn’t have

B. might not have


“They ___ have done. Look, there’s no damage to the door at all,” the manager replied.

A. might

B. can’t


The inspector pulled some of the loose bricks out. Behind them, there was a small tunnel just big enough for a person to get through.

“That’s it. The thieves ___ have dug a tunnel to get in. Let’s follow it and see where it leads.”

A. might

B. must


I …………….. swim when I was 6 so I always …………….. wear arm bands (rukávniky).

A. could, didn´t have to

B. couldn´t, had to

C. had to, could

D. didn´t have to, couldn´t


A: I saw John yesterday – he looked very pleased with himself. He didn’t say why!

A. B: He must got the job he applied for

B. B: He can’t have got that job he applied for.

C. B: He could have got the job he applied for.


“What about someone with a key? A member of staff, perhaps?”

“It ___ have been one of the staff as I’m the only person with a key.”

A. must

B. can’t


When you are almost sure what happened, you use …

A. could have

B. might have

C. must have

D. should have


I didn’t know you were going to Phil’s party yesterday. You …………… told me!

A. must have

B. might have

C. should have

D. can’t have


You’re all wet! You  ____ taken an umbrella.

A. should have

B. might not have


You  ____ left all your homework until the last minute!

A. shouldn’t have

B. might not have


could means ….

A. a past ability

B. probability

C. possibility

D. all the above


The inspector’s attention turned to some bricks in the wall. They looked like they were loose.

“Were these bricks loose before?” he asked.

“They ____ have been. But I’m not really sure,” replied the manager.

A. might

B. can’t




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