modal verb

noun

Definition of modal verb

grammar
: a verb (such as can, could, shall, should, ought to, will, or would) that is usually used with another verb to express ideas such as possibility, necessity, and permission

Word by Word Definitions

modal play
  1. : of or relating to modality (see modality 2) in logic

  2. : containing provisions as to the mode of procedure or the manner of taking effect

  3. : of or relating to a musical mode (see 1mode 1)

verb play
  1. : a word that characteristically is the grammatical center of a predicate and expresses an act, occurrence, or mode of being, that in various languages is inflected for agreement with the subject, for tense, for voice, for mood, or for aspect, and that typically has rather full descriptive meaning and characterizing quality but is sometimes nearly devoid of these especially when used as an auxiliary or linking verb


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