Exercise Module 5.2.2

Welcome to your Exercise Module 5.2.2

Read the following text. Focus on the language Mike uses to talk about present, past and future abilities.


I’d like to ask you some questions about musical instruments. Can you play any musical instruments?

​Yes, I can. I’m really interested in music and I have learnt to play several instruments. When I was young, I wanted to learn the guitar but I tried and I couldn’t really get the hang of it. As a result, I moved on to the drums. Amazingly really, my parents bought me a drum kit when I was 13, they are very patient people! I was able to play the drums quite well and when I was 17, I formed a band with some school mates and we played a few small shows together – it was great fun, but I don’t know how good we were! More recently I have got into playing the violin. I like a lot of classical music and I think the violin has a beautifully clear quality to its sound when it is played well. I hope I will be able to get my grade 7 this year, and when I am good enough, I’ll be able to join the local orchestra. 


Now complete the grammar information below using words from the box.

will be able to         


won't be able to         




Fill in the missing words

  • To talk about your present abilities, (positive) and (negative) are used with the present simple tense verb.

    For example: 

Mike: I play the violin but I still  play the guitar.

  • To talk about your past abilities, (positive) and (negative) are used with present simple verb. 

Mike: When I was a teenager, I play the guitar but I play the drums.

  • To talk about future abilities, use (positive) or (negative) with the present simple tense verb.

Mike: I join an orchestra when I’m good enough but I play guitar because I have stopped learning it.

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