Value Ability verb cannot express epistemic possibility

Language:
Cameroon Pidgin English
Parameter:
Ability verb and epistemic possibility
References
Ayafor 2008: 439; de Féral 1989: 133

Examples

  1. Wi fit go sinima dis nait?
    Wi
    1pl.sbj
    fit
    be.able
    go
    go
    sinima
    cinema
    dis
    this
    nait?
    night
    Could we go to the cinema tonight?

    See Ayafor 2008: 439

  2. Ndikum no fit draif moto.
    Ndikum
    Ndikum
    no
    neg
    fit
    be.able
    draif
    drive
    moto.
    car
    Ndikum cannot drive a car.

    See Ayafor 2008: 439

  3. 'Dem 'fit 'giv 'yu 'som 'smol 'ting.
    Dem
    3pl.sbj
    fit
    be.able
    gif
    give
    yu
    2sg.obl
    som
    some
    smol
    small
    tin.
    thing
    They can give you a small something.

    See de Féral 1989: 133