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    #1

    dare..... or dare to........

    The 2 sentences are examples in a dictionary:

    "I don't dare call him",

    "she dares to dress differently from the others"

    What is the differnce between "dare + verb" and "dare to + verb".

    After viewing the video about a Pizza Hut staff peeing in the sink.

    Which question is correct to ask:

    Do you dare eat in Pizza Hut? or

    Do you dare to eat in Pizza Hut?

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    #2

    Re: dare..... or dare to........

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Chan View Post
    The 2 sentences are examples in a dictionary:

    "I don't dare call him",

    "she dares to dress differently from the others"

    What is the differnce between "dare + verb" and "dare to + verb".

    After viewing the video about a Pizza Hut staff peeing in the sink.

    Which question is correct to ask:

    Do you dare eat in Pizza Hut? or

    Do you dare to eat in Pizza Hut?
    There is no difference. "Dare" is a verb that can take either a bare infinitive or a "to" infinitive. The meaning is the same.

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    #3

    Re: dare..... or dare to........

    Maybe I got it all wrong but... the way I was taught to use "dare" would make me write these:

    "I dare not (even "daren't")call him".
    "Dare you eat in _____?".
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: dare..... or dare to........

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Maybe I got it all wrong but... the way I was taught to use "dare" would make me write these:

    "I dare not (even "daren't")call him".
    "Dare you eat in _____?".
    They're both fine

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    #5

    Re: dare..... or dare to........

    I don't agree with those claiming that you can use either as a general rule. The following applies to AusE:

    "Dare to be different". Fine
    "Dare be different." Wrong
    "She dares to dress differently." Good
    "She dares dress differently." Wrong

    Sometimes you can use either.

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    #6

    Re: dare..... or dare to........

    Also, for completeness, Carlos and others like him may be interested in another use of dare, which usually* takes 'to':

    Code:
     I dare you to try that again
    This means 'Don't do it, or else.'

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    * I was going to say 'always', but in context the 'to' can be dropped (and the syntax is derailed, in what David Crystal calls a 'blend'

    Code:
    Go on. I dare you.... put your foot over that line and see what happens.
    PS To be clear: This is a totallly different sort of dare; it is a challenge.
    Last edited by BobK; 21-Feb-2014 at 12:27. Reason: PS Added

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