Verb Types:Modal Auxiliary Verbs
April 4, 2019
Written by Douglas Shaw
The modal auxiliary verbs affect the mood of the verb – they determine whether a verb is a fact, desire, possibility or command:
The modal auxiliary verbs are most commonly used to express degrees of freedom or severity.
A modal auxiliary verb is an auxiliary verb but an auxiliary verb is not a model verb.
To be, to do, to have: are primary auxiliary verbs, they can function both as a main verb and as an auxiliary verb.
However, modal auxiliary verbs cannot function as main verbs, they require a main verb to follow after them
- I have a computer.
In this sentence, (“have”) is the primary auxiliary verb, which gives the meaning (“to own”).
- I will be the best swimmer in the world.
In this sentence, (“will”) is the modal – giving the time of when the action (“be” the main verb) takes place.
Modal auxiliary verbs cannot function as main verbs, they require a main verb to follow after them.
The modal auxiliary verbs, also called “modals”.
It is important to remember that modal auxiliary verbs can have more than one meaning and function.