Some observations on (factual) could + perfect infinitive

Abstract : This paper gives an overview of the meanings of have in sentences with could + perfect infinitive. Three functions are identified : (a) that of establishing counterfactual meaning, (b) that of expressing a temporal relation of anteriority between the modal situation and the residue, (c) that of communicating ‘factual’ meaning. In the last case, have does not express anteriority but rather establishes a relationship of simultaneity between the modal situation and the residue and highlights the actualization of the residue situation.
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Peter Lang. Modality in contemporary English 3, May 2007, Thessaloniki, Greece. pp.285-306, 2009
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Ilse Depraetere. Some observations on (factual) could + perfect infinitive. Peter Lang. Modality in contemporary English 3, May 2007, Thessaloniki, Greece. pp.285-306, 2009. 〈halshs-00720891〉

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