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    Dear teachers,

    I came across a sentence which I don't understand. The sentence is as follows:

    And complete freedom will finally become our chain, leaving us with no choice but to live in loneliness, with no one who need to care about us.

    The problem is in the last part of the sentence 'with no one who need to care about us'. I have two questions concerning this part.

    Question 1: This part means ' some one who should take care of us doesn't do so'. Am I right?

    Question 2: I think there is a grammatical mistake. The grammar should be 'with no one who needs to care about us' or 'with no one who need care about us'. The first choice is that need is a verb. The second choice is that need is an auxiliary verb. Am I right?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,

    I came across a sentence which I don't understand. The sentence is as follows:

    And complete freedom will finally become our chain, leaving us with no choice but to live in loneliness, with no one who need to care about us.

    The problem is in the last part of the sentence 'with no one who need to care about us'. I have two questions concerning this part.

    Question 1: This part means ' some one who should take care of us doesn't do so'. Am I right?

    Question 2: I think there is a grammatical mistake. The grammar should be 'with no one who needs to care about us' or 'with no one who need care about us'. The first choice is that need is a verb. The second choice is that need is an auxiliary verb. Am I right?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    If everyone has complete and total freedom, people will also have the freedom to ignore the needs of others.

    I agree with your analysis of the grammar. Only when "need" is used as an auxiliary verb does it fail to take the "s" in the third person singular.

    More here:

    § 37. need
    Depending on the sense, the verb need behaves sometimes like an auxiliary verb (such as can or may) and sometimes like a main verb (such as want or try). When used as a main verb, need agrees with its subject, takes to before the verb following it, and combines with do in questions, negations, and certain other constructions: He needs to go. Does he need to go so soon? He doesn’t need to go. When used as an auxiliary verb, need does not agree with its subject, does not take to before the verb following it, and does not combine with do: He needn’t go. Need he go so soon? Unlike can and may, however, auxiliary need has no other form like could and might for the past tense: He said we need not worry about that. 1
    More at auxiliary and primary verbs, dare, have to, must, and ought.


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