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modal auxiliary verb

A modal auxiliary verb, often simply called a modal verb or even just a modal, is used to change the meaning of other verbs (commonly known as main verbs) by expressing modality—that is, asserting (or denying) possibility, likelihood, ability, permission, obligation, or future intention.
Modal verbs are defined by their inability to conjugate for tense and the third person singular (i.e., they do not take an “-s” at the end when he, she, or it is the subject), and they cannot form infinitives, past participles, or present participles. All modal auxiliary verbs are followed by a main verb in its base form (the infinitive without to); they can never be followed by other modal verbs, lone auxiliary verbs, or nouns.
As with the primary auxiliary verbs, modal verbs can be used with not to create negative sentences, and they can all invert with the subject to create interrogative sentences.
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modal

1. Philosophy logic
a. qualifying or expressing a qualification of the truth of some statement, for example, as necessary or contingent
b. relating to analogous qualifications such as that of rules as obligatory or permissive
2. Metaphysics of or relating to the form of a thing as opposed to its attributes, substance, etc.

modal

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(Of an interface) Having modes. Modeless interfaces are generally considered to be superior because the user does not have to remember which mode he is in.

modal

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modal

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In MS Windows programming, A window with the label "WS_MODAL" will stay on the screen and claim all the user-input. Other windows can only be accessed if the MODAL window is closed. Such a window would typically be used for an error dialog box to warn the user for something important, like "Critical error, shut down the system and restart".

modal

Mode-oriented. A modal operation switches from one mode to another. Contrast with non-modal.
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For it is based on the virtue-theoretic notions of ability and cognitive achievement, modally construed, together with a distinction between visual abilities.
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loki, which we discovered when the pectoral-ray counts were modally one higher than the modal 15 of B.
Dorsal-fin rays 11-12, rarely 11; anal-fin rays 11; total caudal-fin rays 41-42; dorsal segmented caudal rays 9; ventral segmented caudal rays 10; dorsal procurrent caudal rays 12; ventral procurrent caudal rays 10-11; pelvic-fin rays 8; pectoral-fin rays 11 or 12; total vertebrae 47-49, modally 49; predorsal vertebrae 12 or 13; scales ctenoid; pored lateral-line scales 45-48, modally 47; median predorsal scales 15 or 16; scales above lateral line to dorsal-fin base 3.5; scales below lateral line to anal-fin base 4.5.
The enterprising ones--Chuck Berry, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Madonna, Kanye West--become superstar troubadours, modally rhyming about youth or sex or status.
But if time travelling Bugsy can travel despite having time-bound stages, why can't this Bugsy modally travel despite having world-bound stages?
One might argue that with the concept of the apparition of the nonidentical in art, Adorno achieves a modally and dialectically relativised synthesis of the Ding an sich (in Scotist terms, objectivity) and a subjective experience of it.
Callaham's second argument, with regard to the independent infinitive absolute, is that it can stand in for any finite verbal form in a modal context without expressing any difference in nuance from the finite form: "[T]hey are capable substitutes for finite verbs by communicating a verbal idea and functioning modally" (p.
(8) Dodd emphasizes that works of music, if types, are abstract, unstructured, and both modally and temporally inflexible: they are types whose tokens are sound-sequence-occurrences, are audible in a derivative sense, just as material objects are, and are things lacking both temporal parts and spatial location.
Some of the ways in which knowledge is superior involve causal and other modally strong features of knowledge.
This is why the skeptic, trying to secure his position, turns to the (modally strong) thesis of akatalepsia: it's not enough to state that just now we don't know a thing, it must be demonstrated that we cannot know (and, of course, that we know that we cannot know).
Adjuncts function spatially or temporally, but also aspectually or modally. Adjuncts of order/sequence, theme, recipient, accompaniment, and reason are also described in this chapter.