Modal Auxiliary Definition

noun
An auxiliary verb that is used with another verb to indicate its mood, as can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will, and would: it has no special form in the third person singular and no present or past participle (Ex.: the modal auxiliary would indicates the subjunctive mood in “We would go if we could”)
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The definition of a modal auxiliary is a verb that is used with another verb to express a mood or tense.
Examples of a modal auxiliary include can, may, must, ought, shall, should, will and would.
An example of a modal auxiliary is the word "must" in the sentence "she must attend the party."
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Noun

Singular:
modal auxiliary
Plural:
modal-auxiliaries

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