modal verb

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Noun[change]

Singular
modal verb

Plural
modal verbs

  1. A modal verb is an auxiliary verb that shows mood.
    In the following examples, the modal verb is underlined:
    • I must go to the store, because I need more food.
    • My religion teaches me that I should help people.
    • Can you swim?
    Some modal verbs are can, may, must, ought, shall, should, will and would.

Synonyms[change]

  • modal
  • modal auxiliary
  • modal auxiliary verb

See also[change]