July 20, 2024

Use of Dare in Modals

Dare: it means “to have courage or confidence to do something.”

“Dare is used as a modal verb and an action verb.”

Modal verb or auxiliary verb:

He dare go to the graveyard alone at midnight. How dare you touch me?
She dare fight with goons. Dare he raise his voice against ministers?
He dare not do so again with you. How dare she abuse?
She daren’t argue in front of us. How dare they make our food?
He dare break drawer. She daren’t go alone on the road.
The kid daren’t go to the washroom at night. He dared not go to the graveyard at midnight yesterday.
Dared he steal money from your wallet? He dared slap him.
Use of Dare in Modals

Use of dare as an action/ordinary verb:

He dares to argue with you. She doesn’t dare to drive a car alone.
She dared to threaten in public. Did he dare to take a bribe?
He will dare to take blood money. She may dare to raise her voice against the dowry system.
He might dare to take the bribe. I dare you to fight with me. (For challenge)
Did your child dare to go to the crematorium? I didn’t dare to talk to my principal.
Use of Dare in Modals

Some other uses of dare:

Just dare to + action + obj. 

Just dare to touch me.

Just dare to abuse me.

  • The expression ‘I dare say’ has a different meaning. it means ‘perhaps.’

I dare say you have gone crazy. (=Perhaps, you are gone mad)

I dare say she will accept my proposal. (=Perhaps, she will accept my proposal)

Note: ‘s’ is not used with dare as a modal verb.

Use of Dare in Modals Exercise:

1. He doesn’t…….. speak in front of me. (dare to/dares to/dare)

2. He…….. tell a lie before his teacher. (dare not/ dares not/ doesn’t dare)

3. Did he……..to take a bribe? (dared/dares/dare)

4. Did your child……… go to the crematorium? (dare to/dared to/dare)

5. She may……… raise her voice against the dowry system. (dare/dare to/dared to/dares)

6. She didn’t…….. threaten in public. (dared to/dare to)

7.………. he steal money from your wallet yesterday? (dared/dare/dared to/dare to)

8. He…….. not do so again with you. (dares to/ dare to/dare)

9. How…… she abuse? (dares/dare/dares to/dare to)

10. The kids…….. go to the washroom at night. (daren’t/ daren’t to)

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