01/MAI/2003 8:25 AM
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I did not mean to imply that my questions related specifically to your assertions; they don't. They are just other points which I believe relate to the strange nature of tense in English.
The fact that our most used AS-derived verbs have two ways to indicate simple past seems to be telling us something, I just don't know what it is.
Walter Skeat was a 19th Cent. scholar of English etymology, and considered by some to be the founder of the science of such research. I'm not sure if one can have much understanding of modern usage without considering etymology.
I don't suppose there is any modern example of past tense usage for "must", any more so than for "will" or "shall". Your original question, apparently, is why is there no correlary for "would" and "should"? The answer seems to be that "must" at one time was that correlary, and "mot" was the present tense. How that changed is unknown to me.
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