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Emphatic reduplication of infinitive and finite verb.

The last verb of an utterance (usually a modal verb) can be reduplicated for emphasis by taking the infinitive of the finite verb and adding emphatic -ee to it while placing it before the finite verb, i.e. Vb + INFINITIVE + ee + Vb FINITE. There can be various possible configurations: reduplicate the infinitive of the main verb (plus ee), reduplicate the auxiliary verb, etc.

Asher (1982) gives examples of many combinations of this pattern.



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