Modal Verbs

Modal auxiliary

Meaning Contribution

Example

can1 deontic/dynamic modality She can really sing.
can2 epistemic modality That can indeed help.
could1 deontic modality He could swim when he was young.
could2 epistemic modality That could happen soon.
may1 deontic modality May I stay?
may2 epistemic modality That may be a problem.
might epistemic modality The weather might   improve.
must1 deontic modality Sam must go to school.
must2 epistemic modality It must be hot outside.
shall deontic modality You shall not pass.
should1 deontic modality You should stop that.
should2 epistemic modality That should be   surprising.
will epistemic modality She will try to lie.
would epistemic modality Nothing would accomplish   that

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