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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 > infinitives. > > Andreas
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 outside perspective. *to can *to might *to may *to could *to should *to shall *to should *to will 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". Adam


Roger Mills <romilly@...>