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    How dare you say such a thing to me?

    Q: How dare you say such a thing to me?

    A: "You are an idiot" this is how I dare say this to you.

    Please check my sentences.

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    Re: How dare you say such a thing to me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The question is fine.

    The response is not. The point about the question is that it is not really a question demanding an answer. It is something said as a sign of indignation.
    "This is how I dare say this to you" is this part incorrect? What a person can say if the person is trying to instigate the questioner?

    He said that "how dared he touched his car" is this sentence correct?

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    Re: How dare you say such a thing to me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Yes
    I don't know what you mean by 'instigate'.No.
    By instigate I meant "provoke".


    Tom said to her that "how dared she touched his car" is this sentence correct? I mean we say "how dare you do this" but what do we need to use while reporting this speech or sentence?

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    Re: How dare you say such a thing to me?

    With the quotation marks, you have to quote what Tom said: Tom said to her, "How dare you touch my car?"

    As reported speech, write: Tom asked her how she dared to touch his car.

    Neither of these is particularly natural.
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    Re: How dare you say such a thing to me?

    As others have pointed out, the original question is rhetorical, so the speaker isn't really expecting a response.

    However, since rhetorical questions in an argument have never stopped me from trying to get in the last word, I suppose one could respond with something like "Because you're an idiot" or "Because you're an idiot, that's why."

    A slightly less natural version would be 'I dare because you're an idiot."

    Of course, you could substitute whatever other reason you feel justifies your response in place of 'you're an idiot'.
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    Re: How dare you say such a thing to me?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    With the quotation marks, you have to quote what Tom said: Tom said to her, "How dare you touch my car?"

    As reported speech, write: Tom asked her how she dared to touch his car.

    Neither of these is particularly natural.
    So if we have to quote what someone has said then we don't have a natural sounding way for that. Is it correct? Because I was told that "dare" shouldn't be followed by to.

    Can "instigate" be used as I used it?

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    Re: How dare you say such a thing to me?

    We don't say How dare you very often in American English. That's why the sentences don't sound natural.

    Instigate is not a word you will hear in conversation.
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    Re: How dare you say such a thing to me?

    It's used in BrE, but it would come after the person said the thing that was causing offence, not before it.

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    Re: How dare you say such a thing to me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's used in BrE, but it would come after the person said the thing that was causing offence, not before it.
    Is it regarding instigate?

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    Re: How dare you say such a thing to me?

    No. I believe Tdol was referring to "how dare you?"

    Where did you learn "instigate"? Do you remember?

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