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Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Friday, May 9, 2003, 16:44
Quoting Stone Gordonssen <stonegordonssen@...>:

> >zu kennen "know a person" > >zu ko¨nnen "know how to do something, as in can, could" > >zu wissen "know a fact" > > I listed the same German verbs yesterday, and was immediately shot > down > because _koennen_ is "modal" only, whether or not the associated verb > is > spoken or intuited.
You overinterpret what I said. I said that 1) it _also_ functions as a modal auxiliary, and 2) in the particular example you gave, I (a non-native speaker) feel it to be modal. Duden, a prestige German lexicon, gives _Er kann alles_ as an example of a sentence where _können_ is a full verb. Andreas