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English verbs: normal or special?

English verbs: normal or special?
Activity Multiple Choice
Activity Multiple Choice
Special verbs and normal verbs have different sentence constructions. This easy activity will help you recognise which verbs are normal and which are special (= modals and auxiliaries)
 

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Mark if these verbs are normal or special (= modals and auxiliaries) by clicking on the right option.
 

SPECIAL VERBS They can build all the constructions of the English language.
NORMAL VERBS They can only make affirmative sentences in the present or imperative. For everything else, they need the special verb DO or another auxiliary.

Example:

special:

I can dance
I can't dance
Can you dance?

normal:

I love you
I don't love you
Do you love me?

 



There are only 13 special verbs, all the rest are normal verbs. The special verbs are:

auxiliaries: to be, have, do
modals: can/could, will/would, shall/should, may/might, must, ought to


Some special verbs (the three auxiliaries) have variations for the past, 3rd person, etc:  (to be:) am, are, is, was, were / (have:) have, has, had / (do:) do, does, did, done

Be careful with these verbs: Do, Have (special) & To do, To have (normal)

special (they don't mean anything, they only have a function):

- I don't live in London
- I have lived in Madrid

normal (the have a meaning):

- I do yoga in the morning
- I have a dog

Items

I am
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
You are
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
He is
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
They are
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
I [u][b]have[/b][/u] lived in Rome
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
You [u][b]'ve[/b][/u] worked a lot
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
I have a book
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
She has a sister
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
You [u][b]'ve[/b][/u] got a car
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
[u][b]Do[/b][/u] you like it?
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
They [u][b]don't[/b][/u] know you
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
She [u][b]doesn't[/b][/u] live here
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
You don't [u][b]work[/b][/u] here
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
Do you [u][b]live[/b][/u] in Dorset?
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
I [u][b]can[/b][/u] speak Italian
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
I can [u][b]speak[/b][/u] Italian
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
[b][u]Did[/b][/u] she go to Rome?
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
Did she [u][b]go[/b][/u] to Rome?
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
[u][b]Could[/b][/u] you open the door?
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
She [u][b]couldn't[/b][/u] help me
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
I [u][b]will[/b][/u] go to London tomorrow
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
I will [u][b]go[/b][/u] to London tomorrow
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
[u][b]Would[/b][/u] you like a cake?
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
Would you [u][b]like[/b][/u] a cake?
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
[u][b]Shall[/b][/u] we go to the cinema?
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
You [u][b]should[/b][/u] go to the doctor
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
You should [u][b]go[/b][/u] to the doctor
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
It [u][b]may[/b][/u] rain tomorrow
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
[u][b]May[/b][/u] I come in?
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
You [u][b]might[/b][/u] get one
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
She [u][b]might[/b][/u] be late
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
You [u][b]must[/b][/u] wait here
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
You must [u][b]wait[/b][/u] here
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
Sorry, I [u][b]must[/b][/u] go
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
You [u][b]ought to[/b][/u] study more
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
I [u][b]ought to[/b][/u] finish it today
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
I [u][b]work[/b][/u] on Tuesdays
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
She lives near my house
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
I go to school
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
She gets up at 7
A- NORMAL
B- SPECIAL
Total number of items: 40

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