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
> because _koennen_ is "modal" only, whether or not the associated verb
> 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.