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    modal "might" without a verb... :-/

    "My Kinsmen, Major Molineux". At the end of the story there is a procession of a mob leading a condemned man going on. And there is such a description of it:

    "On they went, like fiends that throng in mockery round some dead potentate, might no more, but majestic still in his agony."

    I just don't make any sense of the second part of this sentence. To my limited knowledge you use modal with some other "regular" verbs like: "Sb. might go somewhere.", "Sb. might see something.", but in this case I just can't construct any logic sentence. So how would you express this phrase in other words meaning exactly the same as the above one?

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    Re: modal "might" without a verb... :-/

    It's a typo. It should be 'mighty'.

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    Re: modal "might" without a verb... :-/

    Man, it's not "typo", it's just my English... It's a shame to admit but there is really "mighty" which I read as "might". I lost few hours on it. No comments. But thanks again.

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    Re: modal "might" without a verb... :-/

    Don't worry about it.
    Yesterday I saw the headline "Woman dies in garden cliff fall" and I read it as "Woman dies in giraffe fall" and was sure there had been a horrible accident at the zoo.

    Don't worry - I read it again and got it right the second time. But it was still an entertaining visual for a little while.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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