- For Teachers
In this thread it is said that
"B Dared you contradict her? <auxiliary verb>
In B, dared carries the past tense marker"
So, shall I take it as modal dare has its past form expressed by DARED?
Could you then explain to me the difference?
(1)I dared enter the room.
(2)I dare have entered the room.
(I think that modal verbs can easily take perfect infinititve as in (2)
The safest advice I can offer to learners is, "Do not use dare as a modal verb". In informal conversation we don't use dare much anyway, partcularly in the affirmative, even as a full verb; we prefer alternatives.
? I dared to cross the road.
I wasn't afraid to cross the road.
I plucked up my courage to cross the road.
The modal dare is so rarely used in the past, that it is almost true to say that the usage it is archaic
Dared you contradict her? Unnatural for most speakers.
I dared enter the room. Probably more natural with dared to.
I dare have entered the room. I cannot think of a situation in which this would be a natural, acceptable utterance.
What about affirmative sentences in the present? I heard that it's not very good to use dare in such sentences.
I dare (to) go there.
Is it true?
What about the future tense with dare?
I will dare to dream of the future.
Is it ok to use it? I think there must be a modal aspect of will involved. Or is it not involved?