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mod′al auxil′iary(n.)

  1. 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.

    Category: Grammar

Origin of modal auxiliary:

1930–35

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  1. modal auxiliary(Noun)

    a verb used to express the mood (or tense) of another verb

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