Meaning of “modal verb” in the English Dictionary


"modal verb" in American English

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modal verbnoun [ C ]

us /ˈmoʊ·dəl ˈvɜrb/ also modal auxiliary, /ˈmoʊ·dəl ɔɡˈzɪl·jər·i/

grammar a verb used with another verb to express an idea such as possibility that is not expressed by the main verb:

The modal verbs in English are "can," "could," "may," "might," "must," "ought," "shall," "should," "will," and "would."

(Definition of “modal verb” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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