Bedeutung von “modal verb” im Essential American English Dictionary

modal verb

noun us /ˈmoʊ.dəl ˈvɜrb/ also modal /ˈmoʊ.dəl/

B1 a verb, for example “can,” “might,” or “must,” that is used before another verb to show that something is possible, necessary, etc.

(Definition von “modal verb” aus dem Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)