Date: Sat, 2 Jul 1994 15:27:24 CDT
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: Double modals in Utah
The way to check for 'modal status' is to see whether the verb would be
used in the indicative mood with no -s when the subject is 'he'.
George has said many things about modals.
?Need he say more?
?He need say no more.
?He dare not repeat the threat to be unresponsive.
*/?Dare he refuse to answer Sali's question?
Any sentence frame with a subject other than third person singular will not
serve as a good test for 'modal status' of the auxiliary. And the frame must
not be subjunctive. 'Dare' and 'need' act like modals only in rather
limited senses/situations. DMLance