Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, May 7, 2003, 21:27|
Andreas Johansson scripsit:
> * What in the ergativity is the infinitive of "can"? "To can" appears to mean
> something else ... The English modals appear not to deign to have any
Correct. The English modals are radically defective: the old present vs.
preterite relationship has been mostly discarded in favor of a realis/irrealis
one (although the rules for sequence of tenses still show the old system:
"He says that he will go" vs. "He said that he would go"). In general,
there are paraphrases for all of them except "dare", which serves as both
modal and non-modal.
can be able to
must have to, need to
may it is possible that ...
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