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  1. julia333's Avatar

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    #1

    dare......

    Normally we use the word " need "without ' to infinitive ' but in many cases there is " to + infinitive

    This is confusing , isn't there any hard and fast rule ?

    He needs to lose a bit of weight.
    i need to do some shopping .

    I don't think we need ask him.

    I also read there is no -s or -es with singular subject when it comes with "the word Need'

    He need go


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    Re: dare......

    Dare and need are marginal modals. It means in non-assertive territories (interrogatives, negatives) they can behave in two ways:

    1. like a modal auxiliary: Need you go home?
    2. like a (normal) full verb: Does she need to go home?


    In assertive territories, the main verb construction is used: He needs to go home.
    Blend of the two constructions is widely used for 'dare' :

    I do not dare go home.

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    #3

    Re: dare......

    Quote Originally Posted by julia333 View Post
    Normally we use the word " need "without ' to infinitive
    I don't think the basis of your question is true.
    I will need to call you back.
    I need to write a letter.
    He needs to find a new job.
    She needed some help quickly.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    #4

    Re: dare......

    Yeah, the main verb construction is much more common, especially in the US.

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