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Query:   English Modals
Author:  YIB00161@niftyserve or jp>
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Syntax

Summary:   DEAR LINGUISTS,

IN THE BEGINNING OF JANUARY I RAISED TWO QUESTIONS ABOUT ENGLISH MODALS.
MY FIRST QUESTION IS: WHICH MODAL IS MORE SUITABLE IN (1) AND (2)?
(1) BILL ISN'T EATING HIS FOOD.HE (DOESN'T HAVE TO/ MAY NOT) BE HUNGRY.
(2) A: SOMEONE IS KNOCKING ON THE DOOR. IT MUST BE JOHN.
B: IT (DOESN'T HAVE TO/ MAY NOT) BE JOHN. IT COULD BE GEORGE.
MY SECOND QUESTION IS: DOES

LL Issue: 9.448
Date Posted: 24-Mar-1998
Original Query: Read original query