[Grammar] He needs/need not go there.

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wotcha

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1, He needs not go there.

2. He need not go there.


Which is grammatical?
 

5jj

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I think 2 is grammatical because need here is used as a auxiliary verb.
More precisely, it functions as a modal (auxiliary) verb.

We can also use 'need' non-modally - He doesn't need to go there.
 
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