Definitions for modal auxiliary
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any of a group of auxiliary verbs, in English including can, could, may, might, shall, should, will, would, and must, typically used with the base form of another verb to express distinctions of mood.
Origin of modal auxiliary:
a verb used to express the mood (or tense) of another verb
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