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Verbs following which the light verb may not be missing

The light verb that is missing always has the form of a bare infinitive or a to-infinitive if it is present. The light verb is characteristically missing following modal elements such as modal verbs and the non-finite complementiser. Light verb ellipsis is blocked in a number of examples, involving complements to the following verbs: epistemic modal verbs, epistemic non-modal verbs and perception verbs. In addition, the light verb may not be elided after infinitival complementisers other than om for.

The absence of ellipsis cannot, it seems, in all cases be related to the absence of modality. Possibly some notion related to veridicality is involved.


More details about verbs following which the light verb may not be missing can be found by following the corresponding links: