What Are Dare and Need?
'Dare' and 'need' are two semi-modal verbs in English. They are both common among native English speakers and are used in various contexts. Let us learn more about how they function.
As mentioned before, semi-modals are verbs that can act as both the main and modal verbs. 'Dare' and 'need' are two famous, common semi-modal verbs in English grammar. Let us see how their structures are made:
The modal verb does not change when using third-person singular pronouns.
As the main verb:
As you can see, the base form of verb is used.
As a modal verb, 'need' is only used in negative statements and questions and the following verb comes without 'to'.
As the main verb it goes:
I need more money right now. → I
Dare take me with you. →
As you can see, this form is more common among native speakers.
- To Force Someone or Be Forced to Do Something
- To Require Something
To Force Someone or to Be Forced to Do Something
One of the uses of 'need' is to show that something important must be done or when you are ordering someone to do an important task. Pay attention to the examples below:
Sometimes 'need' is used to require something. Let us look at the following examples carefully:
'Dare' also has two meanings and is used in two different contexts as listed below:
- To Be Brave Enough to Do Something
- To Challenge Someone, Especially in a Difficult Situation
To Be Brave Enough to Do Something
'Dare' is sometimes used to show how we are brave enough to do or not do something. Let us see some examples below:
To Challenge Someone, Especially in a Difficult Situation
Sometimes 'dare' is used to challenge someone and it is usually a difficult one. Study the examples below carefully: