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    how dare_______?

    which one is correct? How dare he! or How dare him!
    If according to rule, the latter is correct because objective pronouns come after verbs. But i read the former in books. Which one should i use?

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    Re: how dare_______?

    Quote Originally Posted by jargon_dudette View Post
    which one is correct? How dare he! or How dare him!
    If according to rule, the latter is correct because objective pronouns come after verbs. But i read the former in books. Which one should i use?

    How dare he... is correct.

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    Re: how dare_______?

    so fast Harry,
    but what of the rule:
    I saw him-correct
    How
    wicked of him- correct
    but why: how dare he?
    please explain more.

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    Re: how dare_______?

    Quote Originally Posted by jargon_dudette View Post
    so fast Harry,
    but what of the rule:
    I saw him-correct
    How wicked of him- correct
    but why: how dare he?
    please explain more.
    How wicked of him and How dare he are different constructions. How dare he if I'm not mistaken is very near to How can he...


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    Re: how dare_______?

    Dare is apparently something called a marginal modal, and what's more it's unique. (Other marginal modals are need, ought and used [to].) I'm attaching this helpful link but I admit I have a hard time following the explanation :) I'm hoping somebody qualified jumps in here.

    Marginal Modal dare

    [native speaker but not a teacher, obviously. I'm here to learn too, and I certainly did today]

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    Re: how dare_______?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    How wicked of him and How dare he are different constructions. How dare he if I'm not mistaken is very near to How can he...
    How can he... is followed by other words to continue into a sentence, but what i read is just it:
    How dare he!

    that's all! it's a sentence/thought on its own.

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    Re: how dare_______?

    Quote Originally Posted by jargon_dudette View Post
    How dare him!
    Maybe you thought of the construction : "I dare you! / (or: I dare him!)" (to do smth)- meaning: "I challenge you / him "(to do smth bold).

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    Re: how dare_______?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    How wicked of him and How dare he are different constructions. How dare he if I'm not mistaken is very near to How can he...
    Yes, How dare he! is similar in construction to How can he!
    How dare he! follows something someone has just said.

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    Re: how dare_______?

    So, is the correct one "How dare him!"?

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    Re: how dare_______?

    Quote Originally Posted by Super Sonic View Post
    So, is the correct one "How dare him!"?
    No, "How dare he!" is correct. It means 'How dare he (do)(say)that!'
    'I dare him.' (subject, verb, object) would be correct.

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