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    #1

    dare as a modal verb

    Hi teachers,

    Is "dare" as a modal verb used in the present tense negative only?

    For example:
    He daren't tell her what has happened.

    Can I also use "dare" and "not" separately?
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    Re: dare as a modal verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem Afzal View Post
    Hi teachers,

    Is "dare" as a modal verb used in the present tense negative only? No.

    For example:
    He daren't tell her what has happened.

    Can I also use "dare" and "not" separately? Yes.
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    Re: dare as a modal verb

    You should use "dare" and "not" separately. "Daren't" is not a word in common use. I've never heard it or said it.

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    #4

    Re: dare as a modal verb

    It's relatively common on BrE. I would be more likely to say "I daren't do that" than "I dare not do that".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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