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    Default Modal perfect

    is the a reason why the modal perfect is formed:

    "He may have + past participle" and not "He may has + past participle" as the Simple Present Perfect does?

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    Default Re: Modal perfect

    Modals are always followed by a bare infinitive:

    He may come..... he may be coming..... he may have come .....he may have been coming
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    Default Re: Modal perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by cherry maltezidou View Post
    is the a reason why the modal perfect is formed:

    "He may have + past participle" and not "He may has + past participle" as the Simple Present Perfect does?
    Modals are always followed by the bare infinitive.

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    Default Re: Modal perfect

    There is no significance in my use of the indefinite article and bhai's of the definite - except that, by typing two fewer letters than bhai, I beat him to the draw.
    Last edited by 5jj; 07-Feb-2012 at 12:43. Reason: typo
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