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    might supposed to? ( a double modal)

    Could anyone tell me how this double modal is used in the context? I got it from the list of double modals but there was no context. Is it less strong than just "I'm supposed to"?
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    Re: might supposed to? ( a double modal)

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Could anyone tell me how this double modal is used in the context? I got it from the list of double modals but there was no context. Is it less strong than just "I'm supposed to"?
    "Might supposed to" is incorrect. "Might be supposed to" is possible.

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    Re: might supposed to? ( a double modal)

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Could anyone tell me how this double modal is used in the context? I got it from the list of double modals but there was no context. Is it less stronger than just "I'm supposed to"?
    I'd be interested to know what list of double modals you are referring to. One of the defining features of a modal is that it cannot collacate with another modal.

    Incidentally, be supposed to is not a modal. It conveys a very similar message to a couple of the modals. This similarity is so great that some label it a semi-modal or quasi-modal.

    The 'core' modals in english are: can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will, and would.

    Some writers include dare, need and ought to in their list of modals, and at least one authority includes used to.

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    Re: might supposed to? ( a double modal)

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I'd be interested to know what list of double modals you are referring to. One of the defining features of a modal is that it cannot collacate with another modal.
    I was interested in this too so I did some googling. According to linguist Ben Zimmer from Language Log:

    Double modals with might, such as might could, might should, might oughta, and might would, are chiefly limited to Southern and South Midland dialects, and they can sound downright peculiar to anyone outside of those regions.
    I think "Southern" means "Southern USA" there.

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    Re: might supposed to? ( a double modal)

    The wikipedia article says, "These kinds of double modal phrases are not regarded as standard", and Munch's Ben Zimmer calls them "downright peculiar".

    So, forget double modals.

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    Re: might supposed to? ( a double modal)

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    The wikipedia article says, "These kinds of double modal phrases are not regarded as standard", and Munch's Ben Zimmer calls them "downright peculiar".

    So, forget double modals.
    I'm not going to use it. But I'm just intrested as a person who's interested in languages. Anyone heard might supposed to in speech?

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    Re: might supposed to? ( a double modal)

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I'd be interested to know what list of double modals you are referring to. One of the defining features of a modal is that it cannot collacate with another modal.

    Incidentally, be supposed to is not a modal. It conveys a very similar message to a couple of the modals. This similarity is so great that some label it a semi-modal or quasi-modal.

    The 'core' modals in english are: can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will, and would.

    Some writers include dare, need and ought to in their list of modals, and at least one authority includes used to.
    Here you go it's on the list on this website Language Log: Do double modals really exist?

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