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    correct?

    Hi

    Are the following sentences correct? Or, which sentence is correct?

    You might look at me when I`m talking to you!

    You need look at me when I`m talking to you!

    I must confess I haven`t heard this kind of sentence. I prefer : You must / have to look at me when.... .

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: Look at me when I`m talking to you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi

    Are the following sentences correct? Or, which sentence is correct?

    You might look at me when I`m talking to you!

    You need to look at me when I`m talking to you!
    They both say the same thing, but they say it in slightly different ways. The first sentence is a strong suggestion (perhaps sarcastic). In the second sentence the speaker is perhaps more insistent.


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    Re: Look at me when I`m talking to you!

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    They both say the same thing, but they say it in slightly different ways. The first sentence is a strong suggestion (perhaps sarcastic). In the second sentence the speaker is perhaps more insistent.

    Hi RonBee!

    Thank you very much for your help.
    Can need be used a modal verb [ without the preposition to] or can it be used as a normal verb but only in some other situations? I mean, does the second sentence look strange to you?
    Is the following sentence correct?

    She needn`t it
    or
    She doesn`t need it.

    What is the difference? All I know is that the second sentence sounds better to me than the first one.
    Last edited by Teia; 26-Apr-2008 at 16:54.

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    Re: Look at me when I`m talking to you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi RonBee!

    Thank you very much for your help.
    Can need be used a modal verb [ without the preposition to] or can it be used as a normal verb but only in some other situations? I mean, does the second sentence look strange to you?
    Is the following sentence correct?

    She needn`t it
    or
    She doesn`t need it.

    What is the difference? All I know is that the second sentence sounds better to me than the first one.
    The word need can be either a modal verb or a regular verb ("normal" verb).

    "She needn`t it" is something I don't recognize as an English sentence. On the other hand, "She doesn`t need it" is an ordinary English sentence.


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    Re: Look at me when I`m talking to you!

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The word need can be either a modal verb or a regular verb ("normal" verb).

    "She needn`t it" is something I don't recognize as an English sentence. On the other hand, "She doesn`t need it" is an ordinary English sentence.

    Thank you very much for your reply RonBee.

    Here is what I have found in Grammar Guide - .S.J.Sutton, Lingua Systems, 1996 [ Modal Verbs]:

    2) 0% necessity:

    We don't have to pay to get in.

    We have not got to see the boss after all.

    We needn't stay late.

    These have an element of being optional, i.e. we needn't stay late but we can if we want to.


    Thank you very much again.


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    Re: correct?

    We have not got to see the boss after all.

    This is an appallingly constructed sentence to appear in a grammar book.

    "We do not have to see the boss after all."

    "We don't have to see the boss after all."

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    Re: correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    We have not got to see the boss after all.

    This is an appallingly constructed sentence to appear in a grammar book.

    "We do not have to see the boss after all."

    "We don't have to see the boss after all."
    Hi David!

    I agree with you. I wouldn`t use that construction either.
    Thank you very much for your comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi David!

    I agree with you. I wouldn`t use that construction either.
    Thank you very much for your comment.
    Why not, Teia? It's just another form of conveying a sense of obligation or necessity:

    We don't have to see the boss after all.
    We haven't got to see the boss after all.



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    Re: correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Why not, Teia? It's just another form of conveying a sense of obligation or necessity:

    We don't have to see the boss after all.
    We haven't got to see the boss after all.


    "Got" here is clumsy and ugly, I know that the verb "to get" has some very contentious uses (very widespread nonetheless) but it means to receive, or to aquire and is therefore not good in this context.

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