modal auxiliary definition

  • noun:
    • A verb characteristically combined with other verbs to express feeling or tight. In English, the modal auxiliaries are can, may, must, ought, shall, should, will, and would. Also called modal.
    • a verb regularly show the feeling (or tight) of some other verb
    • anyone of this additional verbs of English, such as for instance can, may, will, shall, must, might, could, would, or need, that are used alongside the infinitive kind of another verb to convey distinctions of mood{2}, such as anxiety, chance, command, emphasis, and obligation.
    • an auxiliary verb (like `can' or `will') that is used to convey modality

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