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Modal verbs are able to provide the outer structure for a transitive complementive predication.


Modals also occur in transitive copular constructions, as shown below, but only in specific cases, which deserve further study:

a. Hy wol de sûpengroattenbrij kâld
he wants the buttermilk.porridge cold
He wants to have the buttermilk porridge cold
b. Ik hoech myn gebak net waarm
I need my pastry not warm
I do not need my pastry warm
c. *Ik wol de bân net lek
I want the tire not flat
I do not want a flat tire
d. *Hy mei / moat it rút iepen
he may must the window open
He may / must have the window open
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