There are about nine modals that are really common in Canadian English:
- shall (used in question forms usually)
There are two basic patterns we use for passive modals.
1. The first one is easy: modal + be + past participle.
|can be seen
|That painting can be seen in the Louvre.
|should be done
|The work should be done on time.
|would be sold
|The tickets would be sold there if possible.
|might be finished
|It might be finished by next week.
|must be paid
|Employees must be paid on the last day of the month.
Complete Exercise 1: Passive Modals now and then close the window to continue with the lesson.
2. The other pattern is a little longer: modal + have been + past participle
|could have done
|could have been done
|It could have been done by John.
|should have finished
|should have been finished
|It should have been finished yesterday.
|might have lost
|might have been lost
|It might have been lost when we were travelling.
Complete Exercise 2: Passive Modals now and then close the window.