modal auxiliary


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Synonyms for modal auxiliary

an auxiliary verb (such as 'can' or 'will') that is used to express modality

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Regarding the other vernacular interpretations with only one modal auxiliary, there are five informants, two of whom proposed to attach Modern Scots negator nae with can without doubling the n consonant:
Will is not changed because it is a modal auxiliary easily used in Single and Multiple Modality by the native population of the Lowlands.
The modal auxiliary verbs are common words that native English speakers have been using since early childhood.
However, we can also use the modal auxiliary do to express emphatic modality, which is also part of the indicative mood:
Then, you must choose the right words, such as the right modal auxiliary and perhaps some adverbs, to express yourself clearly.
On the other hand, Mwai Kibaki uses the modal auxiliary 'would' to express desirability/inclination.
A Semantic Investigation into the use of Modal Auxiliary Verbs in the Manifesto of a Ghanaian Political Party.
The modal auxiliary voima, 'can, may, be able' and modal verbs saama 'can, be able' have impersonal paradigms, as illustrated by the present forms voidakse and saadakse.
The modal auxiliary pidama 'must' is often singled out as defective because it lacks impersonal forms.
The sole exception to this syntactic account is pidama, which patterned with other necessity modals historically but has subsequently grammaticalized into a modal auxiliary that permits a nominative subject.
However, the point that a modal claim is made rather than a statement about a specific state of affairs applies also to the middles without overt modal auxiliary.
Middles with negative polarity and without overt modal auxiliary construe the same force dynamic pattern.
Since this use of the subjunctive became obsolete in Modern English, in Present-Day English the apodosis of a remote conditional must have a modal auxiliary followed by an infinitive (Huddleston and Pullum 2002: 739).
Shall is an alternative to both the subjunctive and the indicative mood in conditional protases from Old through to early Modern English, when the use of the modal auxiliary declines considerably (Visser 1969: [section] 1519).
When I encounter a command, whether it is phrased with a verb in the imperative mood or with a modal auxiliary verb, I automatically ask myself who is issuing that command, and for what purpose?