Date: Sat, 2 Jul 1994 20:14:52 CDT
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: Double modals in Utah
They always be there on Saturdays.
George Halliday asked whether any North American dialects use this. I presume
he knows about VBE and is asking about other varieties. The 'be' + adverb
seems ungrammatical to me, but 'be' + adjective has an outside chance of being
possible in South Midland.
They always be quiet on Sundays after church and a big meal.
They sit around and be quiet for several hours.
I have a fuzzy recollection of surprising myself by saying the compound
structure in a situation that called for those two predicates. DMLance