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    Need and Dare in the past form

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    Sometimes I wonder if need and dare can be used like "I needed not tell him" or "Dared you confront him".

    In other words, can they be used as auxiliaries in the past form?

    Thank you in advance,
    Mohammad,

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    Re: Need and Dare in the past form

    Quote Originally Posted by MoHammaD_93 View Post
    Hello everybody,
    How are you doing..

    Sometimes I wonder if need and dare can be used like "I needed not tell him" or "Dared you confront him".

    In other words, can they be used as auxiliaries in the past form?

    Thank you in advance,
    Mohammad,
    I doubt they can be used like that, let a native speaker/language expert reply to this...


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    Re: Need and Dare in the past form

    Quote Originally Posted by MoHammaD_93 View Post
    Hello everybody,
    How are you doing..

    Sometimes I wonder if need and dare can be used like "I needed not tell him" or "Dared you confront him".

    In other words, can they be used as auxiliaries in the past form?

    Thank you in advance,
    Mohammad,
    'need' and 'dare' are marginal modals. It means they can be used as modal auxiliaries (no inflection) or as main verbs. The modal construction is restricted to non-assertive contexts, ie mainly negative and interrogative sentences. The main verb construction can always be used and is, in fact, more common.


    I needed not tell him
    I need not have told him
    I did not need to tell him.

    Blends of the two (modal; main verb) constructions are widely acceptable for 'dare'

    Did you dare (to) comfort him?
    "Dared you confront him".
    Last edited by svartnik; 29-Oct-2009 at 21:35. Reason: adding sentence

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    Re: Need and Dare in the past form

    I'm not sure if this is what you mean Mohammed, but you can use dare like this:


    I daren't/(don't dare) think how much it's going to cost.

    You could also say: "Yesterday, you dared to confront the bully. I thought you were very brave.

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