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Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Thursday, May 8, 2003, 8:50
Quoting Stone Gordonssen <stonegordonssen@...>:

> >German _können_ (_koennen_) isn't really a separate word for this - > it's > >also > >the modal "can"*. For the record, you can do a very similar triad in > >Swedish: > > Formally, yes, but not always in dialects. I know native Germans who > say > things like "Ich kann auf Englisch." or "Ich muss in Buero."
I don't really see how this invalidates my point, even for these dialects speakers? Also, these sounds to me like mere shortenings of something like _Ich kann es auf Englisch machen_ and _Ich muss im Büro gehen_ where _können_ and _müssen_ are modal. Andreas