how to pronounce modality


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modality is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of modality in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… a modality that i wish i had started …”

meanings of modality


  1. A particular way in which the information is to be encoded for presentation to humans, i.e. to the type of sign and to the status of reality ascribed to or claimed by a sign, text or genre.
  2. The subject concerning certain diatonic scales known as musical modes.
  3. A method of diagnosis or therapy.
  4. The inflection of a verb that shows how its action is conceived by the speaker; mood.
  5. The organization and structure of the church, as distinct from sodality or parachurch organizations.
  6. Any of the senses (such as sight or taste).
  7. The way in which infrastructure and knowledge of how to use it give rise to a meaningful pattern of interaction (a concept in Anthony Giddens' structuration theory).
  8. The quality of being limited by a condition.
  9. The fact of being modal.
  10. The classification of propositions on the basis on whether they claim possibility, impossibility, contingency or necessity; mode.

modality frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word modality occurs in english on average 0.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics modality can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that modality can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) education, science, and technology;

3) people, society, and culture;

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