What Are Dare and Need?
'Dare' and 'need' both can be main verbs or semi-modal verbs in English. As a semi-modal, 'dare' is often followed by the base form of the verb and is used to form questions and negative statements. 'Need' as a semi-modal is often followed by 'to' and the base form of the verb.
As mentioned before, semi-modals are verbs that function similarly to modal verbs in English, but also have some characteristics of main verbs. 'Dare' and 'need' are two famous, common semi-modal verbs in English grammar.
Even though the subject is third person singular 'she', the main verb remains in base form.
Like modal verbs, semi-modals do not change form when using third-person singular pronouns.
As a main verb, 'dare' is used to express courage or audacity to do something. In this sense, it can be followed by an infinitive or a gerund. For example:
As you can see, an infinitive is used after 'dare'.
As a modal verb, 'need' is often followed by 'to' and the base form of the verb, and can be used to form questions and negative statements.
As a main verb, 'need' is used to express necessity or obligation. It is often followed by an infinitive or a gerund and can be used in different tenses and forms. For example:
- 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:
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