Modal Verbs in Germanic and Romance Languages
  • ISSN 0774-5141
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9676
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Abstract. This paper compares the uses of (a) the English modal will and the French and Italian future tenses; and (b) be going to, aller (+ infinitive) and stare per. Unlike be going to and stare per, aller can express characteristic behavior {Par exemple, il va s'enfermer chez lui...). The following claim is made: will and the two future tenses basically express a relation of implication, while be going to, stare per and aller (metaphorically) express a movement in time; the fact that aller (unlike its two counterparts) can express implication is due to the characteristics of the French aspectual system.


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