Must and Should for beginners


This post deals only with the basic usage of the modal verbs SHOULD and MUST. I have recently written a post on Modal verbs. This post was aimed at intermediate students and it demonstrated the usage and meaning of all the modal verbs in present and past tenses.

You can find here a graphical presentation of the usage of the verbs SHOULD and MUST and several completely new games to practise the usage of these verbs.

SHOULD and MUST – mind map

Here is the graphical presentation of the two modal verbs:
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SHOULD and MUST – games

This time there are three different games to practise the two verbs. All the games are completely new and in one case there is more playing than learning.

The first game is called Reaction. Your task is to answer each question by filling in SHOULD or SHOULDN’T. If you answer correctly you have to wait till the frog appears. Once it appears, your task is to click on it as quickly as you can. My record is 18,250. Will you be better?

SHOULD – Reaction game
The second game is the one where you will play more than learn. Your task is to fill in SHOULD or SHOULDN’T. After each correct answer you can play the Hot race. However, if you do not like the game you can skip it by clicking on the NEXT button. My personal best is 1:22 on the first circuit.
SHOULD – Racing game
In the third game you have to complete the sentences with MUST or MUSTN’T. If you complete the whole exercise correctly, you can play the game Rock, Scissors and Paper. Can you beat the computer?
MUST – Rock, scissors and paper


Do you find this blog interesting and innovative. Then you can like it at British Council Teaching English Facebook page. Ours is the HOW post.

Thanks for your support.

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  1. Umer Farooq
    what I like the most are these models which can be downloaded and saved on my A2 classic easily. plz add more...
    17/04/2014 at 2:48 am
  2. Nowkhaiz Ahmad Khan
    sir i want the basic grammar for primary and elementary classes so as to make my english classes more effective
    17/04/2014 at 8:19 am
  3. Zdenda
    I have already published quite a few posts for elementary students. Check out the or the posts on present tenses : or
    17/04/2014 at 8:46 am
  4. Nadia Fawzy
    I like it very much. Thanks
    18/04/2014 at 6:58 am
  5. Love this articles I got 21500 in first quize second one I couldn't open should renew my flash player as it seems. Or I shouldn't expect to see that one
    26/04/2014 at 2:45 pm
  6. Zdenda
    It depends what device are you reading it on. Sometimes, using a different browser helps too.
    26/04/2014 at 4:58 pm
  7. nishu
    well..i i think that u should add other alternative.
    27/04/2014 at 3:38 am
  8. How can I download any of the games? Plz tell me!!!!
    19/02/2020 at 9:55 pm
  9. Zdenda
    I am afraid you cannot do this. You need to be online to play the games.
    25/02/2020 at 4:44 am

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