can (general truths)

can (general truths)

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Point 154 in the category of MODALITY is defined as:

‘can’ for GENERAL TRUTHS AND TENDENCIES

It cannot be found automatically since it depends on manual interpretation of the usage.  We can attempt to do to search in corpora is to match some of the formal elements found preceding ‘can.’

Some_DD young_JJ people_NN can_VM feel_VVI …
Too_RG much_DA1 work_NN1 can_VM cause_VVI …

We can search for these clusters for some possible examples on iWeb corpus:

_d _j _nn can_v _vvi

1 FEW SIMPLE STEPS CAN HELP 59
2 THIS INFORMATIVE WEBCAST CAN HELP 52

_r _d _nn can_v _vvi

1 HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN SAY 302 (this is a question)

2 BEST THAT MONEY CAN BUY 184

3 HOW MANY ANGELS CAN DANCE 95


4 SO MANY THINGS CAN GO 86

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5 TOO MUCH WATER CAN CAUSE 57
6 TOO MANY THINGS CAN GO 53

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