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    The verb 'to dare'

    It's sometimes used with a bit of modal meaning like this 'How dare you call me a liar!'. Is there any past equivalents of this expression?

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    Re: The verb 'to dare'

    Thanks, but this article has more grammar explaining than practical character. I still don't understand, whether it's possible to say 'How dare you talked to your mother in such a manner!', or how dare you/she etc is only acceptable when talking about present.

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    Re: The verb 'to dare'

    You can also, in Br English, say 'How dared you... <clause in past>', though it's more common to say 'How did you dare...'. I think 'How dared you...', although possibly sounding a bit old-fashioned, sounds more forceful than the version with 'did'. If I used the 'did' version, I'd use a more emotive verb, such as 'How did you have the courage..?' (in one sense of dare) or 'How did you have the effrontery..?' (in another sense of dare).

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    Re: The verb 'to dare'

    Thanks!
    Continuing your alternatives for 'dare', is it ok to say 'How did you have the audacity to ...' I think, if it's so, it sounds a bit formal. Am I right?

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    Re: The verb 'to dare'

    A less formal version would be 'How did you have the nerve?' (There are various other anatomical versions that are even less formal! )

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