According to the British National Corpus:
1 N'T NEED 2500
2 NOT NEED 1165
1 NEED NOT 1770
2 NEED N'T 492
Student or Learner
Is it more common to use "need" and "dare" as main verbs or modals?
Which ones are more common?
"You don't/do not need to come."
"You need not come."
"I dare not ask."
"I don't/do not dare to ask."
Now, for the ones that are of opposite meaning:
"You need to not go", which means similar to "You must not go."
"I dare to not listen to you.", which sounds like that someone is challenging someone else, and is the opposite meaning of "dare not". I know that "need to not" and "dare to not" are wrong, because there's a split infinitive (to not), but does any native speaker use them?
Please answer this.Originally Posted by dihen
"You need to not go."
"I dare to not listen to you."
=> I don't use those structures, but I have heard them.