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{{#invoke:Sidebar|sidebar}} The modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.). They can be distinguished from other verbs by their defectiveness (they do not have participle or infinitive forms) and by the fact that they do not take the ending -(e)s in the third-person singular.

The principal English modal verbs are can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will and would. Certain other verbs are sometimes, but not always, classed as modals; these include ought, had better, and (in certain uses) dare and need. Verbs which share some but not all of the characteristics of the principal modals are sometimes called "semimodals".


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Intro  Modal verbs and their features  Etymology  Syntax  Past forms  Replacements for defective forms  Contractions and reduced pronunciation   Usage of specific verbs    Deduction   Double modals  Comparison with other Germanic languages  See also  Notes  References  External links  

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{{#invoke:Sidebar|sidebar}} The modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.). They can be distinguished from other verbs by their defectiveness (they do not have participle or infinitive forms) and by the fact that they do not take the ending -(e)s in the third-person singular.

The principal English modal verbs are can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will and would. Certain other verbs are sometimes, but not always, classed as modals; these include ought, had better, and (in certain uses) dare and need. Verbs which share some but not all of the characteristics of the principal modals are sometimes called "semimodals".


English modal verbs sections
Intro  Modal verbs and their features  Etymology  Syntax  Past forms  Replacements for defective forms  Contractions and reduced pronunciation   Usage of specific verbs    Deduction   Double modals  Comparison with other Germanic languages  See also  Notes  References  External links  

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