Publication
Title
Root modal uses of should, ought to and be supposed to in present-day English : from patterns and profiles to proficiency guidelines
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Abstract
Many non-native speakers of English find it hard to use modal auxiliaries correctly. As far as the so-called weak root modals of necessity are concerned, (learner) grammars fail to provide clear guidelines about the use of these modals in specific usage contexts. While differences between should and ought to are minimised, be supposed to tends to be marginalised and its semantic profile remains vague. A study of 1200 corpus examples reveals the overlapping and distinctive usage contexts of these auxiliaries and allows us to derive the parameters that play a role in their usage: source, discourse context and strength. The article offers precise definitions of each parameter and provides a clear semantic profile for each auxiliary, thus paving the way towards more useful proficiency guidelines in (learner) grammars.
Language
English
Source (journal)
English studies : a journal of English language and literature. - Amsterdam
Publication
Amsterdam : 2015
ISSN
0013-838X [print]
1744-4217 [online]
Volume/pages
96:5(2015), p. 562-595
ISI
000357264200005
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 03.09.2015
Last edited 26.03.2017
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