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Exercise #38 - perfect modal verbs in continuous form

Directions: Complete each sentence with the verb in the modal perfect continuous form:

modal verb + have been + _________ing

 

1. You ________ ________ ________ ________to what the teacher said.

2. I ________ ________ ________ ________ if I hadn't decided to stay home.

3. The man ________ ________ ________ ________ his cell phone when he got into the accident, but no one is sure of that.

4. Sarah ________ ________ ________ ________ both ways when she crossed the street, but she didn't.

5. The owners of the grocery store ________ _____ ________ ________ ________ out the produce bins regularly. That's why some customers got sick.

6. They ________ ________ ________ ________ that water. It was contaminated.

7. Lisa ________ ________ ________ ________ the wrong medication.

8. Did he tell the truth? He ________ ________ ________ ________.

9. The security guard ________ ________ ________ ________ the front door, but he wasn't there, and somene broke into the building.

10. The baby ________ ________ ________ ________ a lot of pain because she was crying so much.

 

Do you want to see the answers?

Here they are:

 

1. You should have been listening to what the teacher said.

2. I would have been working today if I hadn't decided to stay home.

3. The man might have been using his cell phone when he got into the accident, but no one is sure of that.

4. Sarah should have been looking both ways when she crossed the street, but she didn't.

5. The owners of the grocery store might not have been cleaning out the produce bins regularly. That's why some customers got sick.

6. They shouldn't have been drinking that water. It was contaminated.

7. Lisa may have been taking the wrong medication.

8. Did he tell the truth? He could have been lying.

9. The security guard should have been watching the front door, but he wasn't there, and somene broke into the building.

10. The baby must have been experiencing a lot of pain because she was crying so much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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