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  • English Quasi-modal Verbs
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    English Quasi-modal Verbs

    The modal verb is a distinct auxiliary verb form characteristic of the English language that differs from prototypical verbs in grammatical form and grammatical function. In addition to the nine full modal verbs, the English language has five quasi-modal verbs: ought (to) had better/best used to dare need Quasi-modal verbs are a subset of modal […] More

  • English Modal Verbs
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    English Modal Verbs

    Modal verbs are a type of auxiliary verb that express modality in the English language. Modality is the grammaticalized expression of the subjective attitude of the speaker, which includes opinions about possibility, probability, necessity, obligation, permissibility, ability, desire, and contingency. The nine English modal auxiliary verbs are: can could may might must shall should will […] More

  • The Subjunctive Mood of English Verbs
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    The Subjunctive Mood of English Verbs

    English verbs express three grammatical moods: indicative, imperative, and subjunctive. Grammatical mood is defined as a set of distinctive verb forms that express modality. Modality is the grammaticalized expression of the subjective attitude of the speaker, which includes opinions about possibility, probability, necessity, obligation, permissibility, ability, desire, and contingency. In the English language, the subjunctive […] More

  • Grammatical Mood in English
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    Grammatical Mood in English

    Grammatical mood is defined as a set of distinctive verb forms that express modality. Modality is the grammaticalized expression of the subjective attitude of the speaker, which includes opinions about possibility, probability, necessity, obligation, permissibility, ability, desire, and contingency. Although modality in English is often expressed through modal verbs, the English language also has three […] More

  • The Modal in English Grammar
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    The Modal in English Grammar

    Modals are words that express modality. Modals function within verb phrases functioning as predicates. Only one grammatical form can perform the function of modal in English. The one grammatical form that can function as the modal is the verb. Only the modal verbs can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will, and would and the […] More