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    Need as a modal verb

    Hi,

    Are the following correct?

    Yo need run every morning.
    She need not worry about her children.
    Need I pay the bill now?

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    Re: Need as a modal verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following correct?

    You need run every morning. "You need to run every morning" or "You need a run every morning".
    She need not worry about her children.
    Need I pay the bill now? but unnatural/very old-fashioned. Usually we use "Do I need to pay the bill now?"
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Need as a modal verb

    Why is "You need run every morning" incorrect when we have to use the first form after "need" when it is used as a modal verb?

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    #4

    Re: Need as a modal verb

    You could also say:

    Do I have to pay the bill now?

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    Re: Need as a modal verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    Why is "You need run every morning" incorrect when we have to use the first form after "need" when it is used as a modal verb?
    Need can only be modal in the negative.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Need as a modal verb

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Need can only be modal in the negative.

    And in questions:

    Need we tell anyone?

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    Re: Need as a modal verb

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMatthews View Post
    And in questions:

    Need we tell anyone?
    I can't think of any questions that sound natural in AmE and use need as a modal verb. I'd call that an archaic usage.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Need as a modal verb

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I can't think of any questions that sound natural in AmE and use need as a modal verb. I'd call that an archaic usage.

    Maybe in AmE, but it's certainly not archaic in BrE. The OP also cited a question in their examples: Need I pay the bill now?

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