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modal verb
  1. 1
    have the ability or means to do something
    1. a.
      to have the necessary ability, knowledge, money, or equipment to do something

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    2. b.
      used for saying that you see, hear, feel, taste, smell, understand, or remember something

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  2. 2
    used for saying what is possible
    1. a.
      used for saying whether the situation makes it possible for you to do something at a particular time

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    2. b.
      used for saying that it is possible to do something

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  3. 3
    to be allowed to do something, or to have the right or power to do it

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  4. 4
    spoken used in requests, or when offering or suggesting something

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  5. 5
    used for emphasizing that something should not happen or continue

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    spoken used with verbs such as "say," "imagine," or "believe" when you are telling someone about a situation and you want to emphasize how strongly you feel about it

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  7. 8
    used for saying that something sometimes happens or is sometimes possible or true

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  8. 9
    spoken used for saying what someone will have to do, when you are annoyed with them or do not approve of them

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    used when only one opinion, meaning, or decision is possible

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