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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 theirdefectiveness (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 cancouldmaymightmustshallshouldwill and would. Certain other verbs are sometimes, but not always, classed as modals; these include oughthad 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 "semi-modals"

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