How To Use Modals In Reported Speech? Trivia Quiz

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This is a reported speech trivia quiz that will make beginners learn about how to use Modals. Also, it will test your knowledge when it comes to the use of modal verbs in reported speech. Modal verbs are used before the main verb to add meaning, such as possibility, ability, permission, and requirements such as could express ability in the past, and may express the permission. Let us check how good you are at using Modals in reported speech.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Joanne: The teacher will arrive soon. Joann said that the teacher___________soon.

    • A.

      Would arrive

    • B.

      Arrived

    • C.

      Had arrived

    • D.

      Have arrived

    Correct Answer
    A. Would arrive
    Explanation
    In reported speech, we use "would" to indicate future actions or events. Since Joanne is reporting what someone else said, she uses "would arrive" to convey that the teacher will arrive in the future.

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  • 2. 

    Sofia: When will your vacation end? Frida: It'll end on October second. Frida told Sofia that her vacation______________at the beginning of October

    • A.

      End 

    • B.

      Ended

    • C.

      Would ended

    • D.

      Would end

    Correct Answer
    C. Would ended
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "would end" because Frida is referring to a future event, her vacation ending in October. When reporting someone's statement about a future event, we use "would" to indicate future tense in reported speech.

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  • 3. 

    Mary: I have to buy a new tablecloth. Mary said that she _______________a new tablecloth.  

    • A.

      Bought

    • B.

      Had to buy

    • C.

      Buys

    • D.

      Would buy

    Correct Answer
    B. Had to buy
    Explanation
    Mary stated that she had to buy a new tablecloth. This implies that she has a need or obligation to purchase a new tablecloth. The phrase "had to buy" indicates a sense of necessity or requirement in the past.

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  • 4. 

    Nora: When are you going on vacation? Pedro: I'm going on vacation next week. Pedro told Nora that he ___________________on vacation next week.

    • A.

      Left

    • B.

      Went to leave 

    • C.

      Was going to leave

    • D.

      Would left

    Correct Answer
    C. Was going to leave
    Explanation
    Pedro told Nora that he was going to leave on vacation next week.

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  • 5. 

    Teresa: Mario, you and I must visit our grandmother. Teresa told her brother that they________their grandmother.

    • A.

      Have visited

    • B.

      Had to visit 

    • C.

      Must to visit

    • D.

      Would visit

    Correct Answer
    B. Had to visit 
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had to visit". In the conversation, Teresa is telling her brother that it is necessary for both of them to visit their grandmother. The phrase "had to" indicates an obligation or necessity, which fits the context of the conversation.

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  • 6. 

    Enrique: I'll come back tomorrow. Enrique said he ____________tomorrow.

    • A.

      Might come back

    • B.

      Come back 

    • C.

      Would come back

    • D.

      Came back

    Correct Answer
    C. Would come back
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "would come back". In reported speech, when we report someone's words, we usually use the past tense of the verb. In this case, Enrique originally said "I will come back tomorrow", so when reporting his words, we change "will" to "would" to indicate the past tense.

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  • 7. 

    Irma: Rony and I may drop by next Friday. Irma said that they _________________by next Friday.

    • A.

      Were drop

    • B.

      Have dropped 

    • C.

      Might drop

    • D.

      May drop

    Correct Answer
    C. Might drop
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "might drop". In the conversation, Irma mentions that she and Rony may drop by next Friday. "Might drop" accurately reflects the possibility of their visit without implying certainty.

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  • 8. 

    Mr. Alvarez: You must not come late to class. Mr. Alvarez said you ______________come late to class.

    • A.

      Have had to

    • B.

      Must not

    • C.

      Didn't have to

    • D.

      Must

    Correct Answer
    B. Must not
    Explanation
    Mr. Alvarez is stating a rule or requirement, indicating that it is not allowed or acceptable to come late to class. The phrase "must not" accurately conveys this meaning, emphasizing the prohibition or restriction on being late.

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  • 9. 

    Patty: They'll go at nine. Samuel: Tony, what did Patty say? Tony: She said she ___________go at nine.

    • A.

      Will

    • B.

      Would

    • C.

      Must

    • D.

      Could

    Correct Answer
    B. Would
    Explanation
    In the given conversation, Patty states that "They'll go at nine." Samuel then asks Tony what Patty said, to which Tony responds by saying "She said she would go at nine." Based on this exchange, it can be inferred that Patty expressed her intention to go at nine, indicating a future action. The use of "would" in Tony's response is appropriate as it is the correct past tense form of "will" when reporting someone's words.

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  • 10. 

    Mario: We must clean the garage over the weekend. Rosita: What did Mario say? Walter: He said we __________clean the garage over the weekend.

    • A.

      Must

    • B.

      Had to

    • C.

      Would

    • D.

      Could

    Correct Answer
    B. Had to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had to". The use of "had to" indicates a necessity or obligation to clean the garage over the weekend. This implies that there is a specific requirement or deadline for completing this task. The other options, "must", "would", and "could", do not convey the same sense of obligation or necessity.

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