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Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 7, 2003, 20:59
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 mean > 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. :) -Mark


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