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    #1

    Is "dare" a modal verb?

    Which of the two below is a correct English phrase please (Oh, no, not “neither”, huh?):
    (a) I would not dare to unscrew…
    OR
    (b) I would dare not to unscrew…
    (“Dare” specificity is meant here).
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    --Igor

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    Re: Is "dare" a modal verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by imakedon View Post
    Which of the two below is a correct English phrase please (Oh, no, not “neither”, huh?):
    (a) I would not dare to unscrew…
    OR
    (b) I would dare not to unscrew…
    (“Dare” specificity is meant here).
    Thanks.
    --Igor
    In the right context, you could use both. The first is more likely.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Is "dare" a modal verb?

    Neither of these sentences does much to demonstrate whether dare can be a modal verb. Dare can behave like a modal verb sometimes- when we say I daren't tell them, it is. It is sometimes classified as a semi-modal, like need, which means that it can behave like a modal or like an ordinary verb.

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    #4

    Re: Is "dare" a modal verb?

    In neither of those sentences does DARE function as a modal verb.

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