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modal auxiliary

modal auxiliary

 
pronunciation:
mo dl awg zIl y ri [or] mo dl awg zIl ri
part of speech: noun
definition: an auxiliary verb, such as "can," "may," "must," or "should," that is used to modify the meaning of a main verb by including such notions as necessity, possibility, certainty, capability, advisability, potential, and expectation.