[Grammar] need - regular vs modal verb

Status
Not open for further replies.

angelene001

Member
Joined
Mar 21, 2012
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Polish
Home Country
Poland
Current Location
Poland
So far I've found the following information:

regular verb: I need to say sth
* modal verb: I need say sth ---> wrong; we can't use "need" as a modal verb in affirmative

regular verb: I don't need to say anything
modal: I needn't say anything

regular: Do I need to say anything?
modal: Need I say anything? -- > seldom used but correct


* But today I've found out that we can say "I need hardly do sth", e.g. "I need hardly remind you of ...".
Can we use "need" as a modal verb in affirmative sentences in general? Or is "I need hardly do" an exception?
 

5jj

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 14, 2010
Member Type
Retired English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
Czech Republic
Current Location
Czech Republic
'Hardly' functions as a (near-) negative, as do 'seldom', 'scarcely', 'rarely' and a few other words and expressions.
 

angelene001

Member
Joined
Mar 21, 2012
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Polish
Home Country
Poland
Current Location
Poland
'Hardly' functions as a (near-) negative, as do 'seldom', 'scarcely', 'rarely' and a few other words and expressions.

I know that.

The problem is that I thought that we can't use "need" as a modal verb in affirmative.
But doing some exercises, I've found "I need hardly remind you". "Need" as a model verb is used in affirmative.
 

5jj

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 14, 2010
Member Type
Retired English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
Czech Republic
Current Location
Czech Republic
"Need" as a model verb is used in affirmative.
As I said in my last post, we consider 'hardly' to be negative in meaning.

I need hardly remind you = I don't really need to remind you / It should not be necessary for me to remind you / You don't really need reminding.
 

angelene001

Member
Joined
Mar 21, 2012
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Polish
Home Country
Poland
Current Location
Poland
As I said in my last post, we consider 'hardly' to be negative in meaning.

I need hardly remind you = I don't really need to remind you / It should not be necessary for me to remind you / You don't really need reminding.



Oh, I'm sorry, now I understand :)
Thank you :)
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top