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Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know

From:Stone Gordonssen <stonegordonssen@...>
Date:Friday, May 9, 2003, 16:16
>If _have_ "need" is replaced by _must_, what do you do for the past tense >_must_ >hasnt?
There's actually a 50/50 chance whether I'll use _need to_ or _must_ for present tense. I use _needed to_ in past tense.
>(Er, technically _must_ was past tense originally, though it's hardly ever >used >that way anymore... I would say 'never,' though I have seen it so used in a >book >by Poul Anderson.)
Yes, _must_ was historically past tense: (ME) _most_ <- (OE) _möste_. Similar to German's _müssen_, which kept its tenses. :) _________________________________________________________________ Add photos to your messages with MSN 8. Get 2 months FREE*.