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English definition of “modal verb”

modal verb

noun [C]     /ˈməʊdəlˌvɜːb/ (also modal)
B1 a verb , for example 'can', 'might', or 'must', that is used before another verb to show that something is possible , necessary , etc Parts of speechVerb forms, tenses and types of verbs
(Definition of modal verb noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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