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modal auxiliary

noun
1.
Grammar. any of the group of English auxiliary verbs, including can, could, may, might, shall, should, will, would, and must, that are used with the base form of another verb to express distinctions of mood.
Origin of modal auxiliary
1930-1935
First recorded in 1930-35
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