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Re: "can" "able to" mood

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Monday, December 17, 2007, 13:08
Quoting "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...>:

> I think the difference is syntactic rather than semantic. In English > et sim, you construct it with helper verb + inf, so it's clearly not a > mood. But logically, the function seems more moodlike than aspectual, > so I see no reason why it couldn't be a mood in some other lang...
I don't see why analytic construction would exclude moodhood? FWIW, the name I learnt for "can", "may", etc in school was "modal auxiliaries". Andreas