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ESL go.com's free online grammar class: passive modals (2)

We often use passive modals when we want to give our opinion on something. I put some examples in bold. They come from a White House press release about the conflict between Israel and Palestine:

The Palestinian economy must be allowed to develop. As violence subsides, freedom of movement should be restored, permitting innocent Palestinians to resume work and normal life. Palestinian legislators and officials, humanitarian and international workers, must be allowed to go about the business of building a better future. And Israel should release frozen Palestinian revenues into honest, accountable hands.

As you can see, passive modals consist of a modal (should, shouldn't, ought to, etc.) + be + past participle (allowed, abolished, etc.). Remember that passive modals are used to express opinions, not facts.

In the press release, America says "Israel should release frozen Palestinian revenues". See if you can transform this into a passive sentence by turning "should release" into a passive modal. Notice how passive sentences describe what is done to the subject of the sentence.

Palestinian revenues .

If you want, you can read the entire article on the White House web site, but it is a very difficult article. As always, the most important thing is to practice using English with other people so please try to share your opinions about the conflict between Israel and Palestine on the International affairs forum. If that sounds boring to you, try another forum.