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    Re: Is the word "need" used as auxiliary verb in American English?

    5jj, thank you!
    I make confusion with the morphology of my mother tongue.
    Thank you again!

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    Re: Is the word "need" used as auxiliary verb in American English?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No. One of the defining features of modal verbs is that they are followed by a bare infinitive, not a to-infinitive.
    I would not like to confuse the matter, but does this work with "ought"? Should we regard "ought" as an exception?
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    Re: Is the word "need" used as auxiliary verb in American English?

    It's not an exception. It's not a core modal.

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