Dare and Need
Dare is both a main verb and a semi-modal verb. A semi-modal is a verb that functions like a modal verb when they appear in negative sentences or questions.
Dare as Main Verb
Dare as a main verb means 'to challenge somebody to do something dangerous, difficult or embarrassing so that they can show that they are brave.' With this meaning, it is a main verb and takes an object. Verbs that follows it are in the to-infinitive form.
Take it! I
Here, no one challenged him to do that prank.
Dare as a main verb can also mean 'to be brave enough to do something'. In this sense, it can be used as an ordinary main verb which can be followed by a to-infinitive.
Dare as Semi-modal
Since 'dare' is a semi-modal, many would think that to make the negative form you are supposed to add 'not' to the semi-modal verb, but in fact, you negate them exactly in the same way you negate dare as a main verb. and the most common way is to add (didn't, don't, doesn't) before 'dare.'
How dare you!
You cannot use to-infinitive after semi-modal dare in the expression 'How dare you.'
to say that to me!)
Need as Main Verb
'Need' as a main verb has two meanings:
- to require something and think something is important to have.
- to have to or to be obliged to do something.
Need as Semi-modal
We use 'need' as a semi-modal both in negative and affirmative sentences.
- In negative sentences: We use semi-modal 'need' to indicate that there is no obligation or necessity to do something. Semi-modal 'need' is used mostly in negative sentences.
This use of semi-modal 'need' is rare in spoken English.
To make a negative sentence, ‘not’ or the contracted form ‘n't’ is added directly to the term
Need: Question form
To make a question by semi-modal
NOT do I need stay?
The verb after
NOT you needn't to wait.
Past Form of Need
Remember, we use a to-infinitive after main verb need.
Common Mistakes with Need
We cannot use semi-modal
needn’t a man.)
needn’t to drink to stay awake.)
needn’t cutting for three weeks.)
'Need' and 'dare' both are verbs that can be semi-modal or main verbs. Although the semi-modals form can have the same meaning as the main form, they follow different rules.
Need as a semi modal verb means:
- to be necessary to do something.
Need as a main verb means:
- to have an obligation to do something
- to require something
Dare as a semi-modal verb means:
- To be brave enough to do something.
Dare as a main verb means:
- to challenge somebody to do something brave.
- to be brave to do something.
How could you