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Modals of Ability – Past

In this lesson, students learn how to use could and couldn’t to describe their past abilities. Students will also demonstrate their understanding of when to use present and past modals of ability in context.

We recommend teaching this lesson after our Modals of Ability – Present lesson. Note that the images and activities in both lessons are similar so that the vocabulary is familiar for low-level learners.

Vocabulary
  • swim
  • ski
  • snowboard
  • skate
  • play basketball
  • play baseball
  • play tennis
  • play the guitar
  • play the piano
  • use a computer
  • dance
  • sing
  • ride a bike
  • ride a horse
  • cook
Grammar
  • positive/affirmative sentences
  • negative sentences
  • Yes/No questions
  • short answers
  • mixed tenses
  • can vs. could
Printable Content
  • grammar review
  • grammar explanation
  • grammar chart
  • examples
  • grammar practice exercises
  • speaking exercises
  • writing exercises
  • group work
Digital Content
  • Grammar Notes(Reference)
  • Image Match A(Image Match)
  • Image Match B(Image Match)
  • Image Match C(Image Match)
  • Complete the Sentences(Type in the Blanks)
  • Questions(Open-Ended Questions)
  • Writing Practice(Open-Ended Questions)
  • Complete the Story(Type in the Blanks)
  • Quiz(Multiple-Choice)