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    Magazines

    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1752118,00.asp

    This is taken from the article.
    1. One need only look around any modern office to see many technologies in use that were initially seen as consumer-only. (What's the subject and what's the verb here? How come 'need' is not 'needs'?)

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    Re: Magazines

    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1752118,00.asp

    This is taken from the article.
    1. One need only look around any modern office to see many technologies in use that were initially seen as consumer-only. (What's the subject and what's the verb here? How come 'need' is not 'needs'?)

    Thanks.
    It's conjugated as "need" in all persons and numbers, which seems to mean it's either a modal or a form of the outdated subjunctive:

    I need only . . .
    You need only. . .
    She need only . . .
    He need only . . .
    They need only . . .


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    Re: Magazines


    It's conjugated as "need" in all persons and numbers, which seems to mean it's either a modal or a form of the outdated subjunctive:
    How do you know when to use it and when not to use it?

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