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
There's actually a 50/50 chance whether I'll use _need to_ or _must_ for
I use _needed to_ in past tense.
>(Er, technically _must_ was past tense originally, though it's hardly ever
>that way anymore... I would say 'never,' though I have seen it so used in a
>by Poul Anderson.)
Yes, _must_ was historically past tense: (ME) _most_ <- (OE) _möste_.
Similar to German's _müssen_, which kept its tenses. :)
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