Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know
|From:||Adam Walker <carrajena@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 8, 2003, 1:08|
--- Andreas Johansson <andjo@...> wrote:
> * 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
Well, Andreas, I've spoken this language for 30 years
and taught it for 6 and it never even crossed my mind
until this moment. Sometimes you really DO need an
All of them utterly unacceptable except _to can_,
which then means "to preserve in a can or jar" or "to
shut up" and _to will_, which then means "To do by
force of mind" or "to give by testament".