modal verb

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Noun[change]

Singular
modal verb

Plural
modal verbs

  1. A modal verb is a verb that shows mood. Modal verbs include can, may, might, dare, must, ought, shall, should, will, would, and so on.
    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?

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