Date: Mon, 7 Apr 1997 21:44:47 +0000 From: Bill Spruiell <3lfyuji[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CMUVM.CSV.CMICH.EDU> Subject: Re: used to could In my slightly-north-of-central-Alabama dialect, not only is "used to could" common, but a perhaps analogous construction, "might should ought to" is also. That last one is the only "triple-decker" modal that I can recall using naturally (as long as the "ought to" is pronounced "awda", of course). ------------------------------------------------- Opinions expressed in this message do not necessarily represent those of Central Michigan U. Bill Spruiell Central Michigan University Dept. of English Language and Literature