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An auxiliary verb that expresses necessity or possibility. English modal verbs include must, shall, will, should, would, can, could, may, and might.See also auxiliary verb
- ‘He shook his head impatiently. ‘We instruct the computer to ignore what we call grammatical words - articles, prepositions, pronouns, modal verbs, which have a high frequency rating in all discourse.’
- ‘The negative modal verb maun't (mustn't) is sometimes used in rural areas, but the positive form maun, as used in Scots and in Northern Ireland, is rare.’
- ‘Did he really say that the modal verb form might was being eliminated in favor of may and ‘has practically disappeared from the language’?’
- ‘That minimum is represented in English by verbs such as must and ought, which are modal verb with no preterite (inflected past tense).’
- ‘Secondly, all the various kinds of modality can be expressed (some more idiomatically than others) without the use of the modal verbs.’
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