Definitions for modal verb

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  1. modal verb(noun)ɒk

    a verb such as can, may, should, would, etc. indicating possibility, permission, or intention


  1. modal verb(Noun)

    An auxiliary verb whose primary function is to express mood.


  1. Modal verb

    A modal verb is a type of auxiliary verb that is used to indicate modality – that is, likelihood, ability, permission, and obligation. Examples include the English verbs can/could, may/might, must, will/would, and shall/should. In English and other Germanic languages, modal verbs are often distinguished as a class based on certain grammatical properties.


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