modal verb

modal verb
`modal ,verb noun count LINGUISTICS
a verb such as can, might, should, etc. that is used with another verb to express ideas such as possibility, permission, or intention

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  • modal verb — also modal n technical one of these verb forms: can, could, may, might, shall, should, will, would, must, ought to, used to, need, had better, and ↑dare. They are all used with other verbs to express ideas such as possibility, permission, or… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • modal verb — ► NOUN Grammar ▪ an auxiliary verb expressing necessity or possibility, e.g. must, shall, will …   English terms dictionary

  • Modal verb — A modal verb (also modal, modal auxiliary verb, modal auxiliary) is a type of auxiliary verb that is used to indicate modality that is, likelihood, ability, permission, and obligation.[1]:p.33 The use of auxiliary verbs to express modality is… …   Wikipedia

  • modal verb — noun an auxiliary verb (such as can or will ) that is used to express modality • Syn: ↑modal auxiliary verb, ↑modal auxiliary, ↑modal • Hypernyms: ↑auxiliary verb * * * noun, pl ⋯ verbs [count] grammar : a verb ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • modal verb — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms modal verb : singular modal verb plural modal verbs linguistics a verb such as can , might , should etc that is used with another verb to express ideas such as possibility, permission, or intention …   English dictionary

  • modal verb — noun An auxiliary verb whose primary function is to express mood. Syn: modal, modal auxiliary …   Wiktionary

  • modal verb — noun (C) technical one of these verb forms: can, could, may, might, shall, should, will, would, must, ought to, used to, need, had better, and dare . They are all used with other verbs to change their meaning by expressing ideas such as… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ˈmodal ˌverb — [ˈməʊd(ə)l] noun [C] linguistics a verb such as ‘can , ‘may , ‘should etc that is used with another verb to express ideas such as possibility, permission, or intention …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • modal verb — /moʊdəl ˈvɜb/ (say mohduhl verb) noun an auxiliary verb that expresses such things as the degree of probability attached by the speaker to the statement (I might come, the sun will rise) or the degree of obligation (he should speak up, the court… …  

  • modal verb — noun Grammar an auxiliary verb expressing necessity or possibility, e.g. must, shall, will …   English new terms dictionary

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