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Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know

From:Joe Fatula <fatula3@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 7, 2003, 21:05
From: "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...>
Subject: Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know

> On Wed, May 07, 2003 at 10:09:10PM +0200, Andreas Johansson wrote: > > * What in the ergativity is the infinitive of "can"? "To can" appears to
> > something else ... The English modals appear not to deign to have any > > infinitives. > True enough. Whenever an infinitive for "modal can" is called for, > "to be able to" is used. "To can" refers to the process of putting things > in cans. :)
And it's pronounced differently, too, so it's certainly a different word. Just like "have" /h&v/ and "have" /h&_rf/, analogous to Spanish "tener" and "haber".


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>