The modal category of sufficiency

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This paper deals with constructions which express a notion of &#8216;sufficiency&#8217;. The presence of a degree quantifier such as <i>enough</i>, <i>too</i>, <i>excessively</i> or <i>suffice</i> constitutes their defining feature. On the proposed analysis, these constructions establish a relation of &#8216;necessity&#8217; between the element that is in the scope of the quantifier and the state of affairs, specified in a complement clause or recoverable from the context, with respect to which the evaluation of sufficiency has to be interpreted. The study I present builds on this covert component of modal necessity and drawing on previous approaches explores the ways in which the relation of the sufficiency operators to <i>possible</i> worlds may be reconciled with their evaluating function in the <i>real</i> world.


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