modal verb

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Synonyms for modal verb

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

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Turning to example one, the negative modal verb d'undamtesa/d'undam-taled'a 'not want' is a good example for a process whose identification has already been a major concern in the pioneering work of Ulrich Weinreich on language contact, namely the relation of structural/typological proximity to convergence (e.
In other words, there is an ambiguous confusion between preterite-present and modal verbs, since not all preterite-presents are ancestors of contemporary modals, and not all modals originated as preterite-presents.
Purely adverbial clauses like the temporal clause in (38a) merely describe an event without allowing any modal judgment with respect to this event, as reflected in the unacceptability of modal verbs like may in (38b), while the construction types investigated here, like the purpose clause in (38c), do allow modal judgments, as marked by the modal of desirability may.
Indirectal verb forms in literary Estonian Indirectal quotative present and preterite means of [olevat; olevat + nud-/tud-participle olnuvat] expression Indicative personal or impersonal present perfect [on + nud-/tud-participle] Indicative personal or impersonal past perfect [oli + nud-/tud-participle] Indirectal Predicate participle infinite [nud-/tud-participle] forms da-infinitive [1) -da; 2) -da + nud-/tud-participle] Indirectal Past simple of the modal verb pidama with ma-infinitive modal [pidi + ma-infinitive] verbs Da-infinitive and ma-infinitive of the modal verb pidama [pidada + ma-infinitive] Perception verb kuulukse with vat-infinitive [kuulukse + vat-infinitive] Table 4.
She thus considers the modal verb can within three categories: permission, ability, and root possibility and adopts a 'fuzzy set theory' to illustrate their interrelations.
Note that these verbs, like many modal verbs, seem to allow for both raising and control, which implies that they are also members of K2.
In view of this, I assume that (49)-(55) are all analyzed as containing an empty volitional or future modal verb, as Huang (1988) suggests.
If a modal verb has both an intentional and a nonintentional meaning, then factors such as animacy affect its interpretation.
The modal verb pidama 'must' (47) in its turn originates from the lexical verb pidama with the meaning 'keep; think' (48), (49).
In general, the majority of works based on historical texts, although these are not purely speaking diachronic studies, focus on modal verbs rather than on other aspects of stancetaking.
Erelt (2003 : 106) considers tulema less grammaticalized than the modal verb voima as it demonstrates special requirements on the noun and its own form.
This development is due to the fact that within a relatively short period of time utterances with nonfinite verbs are used less frequently than utterances in which the nonfinite verb is used with either an auxiliary or a modal verb.
Similarly, should may be either finite, as a modal verb equivalent to ought, or non-finite, as a subjunctive "periphrasis" (Anderson 2001b, 2004a)--see further [section][section] 2 and 3.
In addition, C now uses verb stems in various positions as well as two finite verbs in V2 (again a modal verb and a copula; cf.