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    with or to

    Which one of these word I need to use?

    I desire to communicate to/with people.

    By the way if I use any modal verb for example: can, must, ought. And after modal verb do I need use word "to" ?

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    Re: with or to

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulys View Post
    Which one of these word I need to use?

    I desire to communicate to/with people.

    By the way if I use any modal verb for example: can, must, ought. And after modal verb do I need use word "to" ?
    We communicate with people.
    We communicate something to people.

    I ought to go.
    I should go.
    I can go.
    I might go.

    Most modals don't require "to".

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    Re: with or to

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulys View Post
    By the way if I use any modal verb for example: can, must, ought. And after modal verb do I need use word "to" ?
    Most writers consider that one of the defining features of a modal is that it is followed only by a bare infinitive. This is why one of the reasons most do not consider 'ought' to be a core, or true, modal, despite the fact that it functions in many ways like a modal, and can always be replaced by 'should' with no real difference in meaning.
    Last edited by 5jj; 02-Oct-2011 at 11:59. Reason: typo

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    Re: with or to

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulys View Post
    Which one of these words do I need to use?

    By the way - if I use any modal verb - for example: can, must, ought - And after modal verb do I need to use the word "to" after it?
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