Category Archives: modality

re: Distant Drums (a reply to Geoff Pullum)

Geoff Pullum over at Language Log wrote a post about the Jim Reeves country song “Distant Drums”. His question was about the underlined part below. So Mary marry me, let’s not wait Let’s share all the time we can before … Continue reading

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been supposed to for…

There are what I might, for now, unscientifically call “gaps” in language, in the sense that certain pieces of a particular pattern in a grammar are missing, and are not replaced/suppleted by anything else. In this sense, the absences of, … Continue reading

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