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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"?
Last edited by ostap77; 30-Nov-2010 at 20:01.
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.
English modal verb - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to linguist Ben Zimmer from Language Log:
I think "Southern" means "Southern USA" there.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.
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.