Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 04:20:50 -0400 From: Bob Haas Subject: Re: might could On Tue, 17 Oct 1995, Aaron Drews wrote: > Well, I know Scots and non-standard Scottish dialects of English > use double modals. And there were one or two Lowlanders that settled in > the southern States. My guess is that it got started back when could was > a full lexical verb.... 17th century, maybe, I don't know. My HEL is a > wee bit rusty. Aaron, Thanks for the info, I always wondered what constructions like "might could" were called. I reckon I might should'a looked it up. Bob Haas University of North Carolina at Greensboro rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]