Reply to "Didn't have to or needn't have pp"

Thanks for this, Gustavo.  The examples in your link show how "need" can be used as either a true modal or a normal auxiliary verb.  The website stops just short of telling us that, as an actual modal, it need not be inflected, whereas it needs to be inflected when used as a simple auxiliary:

C1: No one under 21 years of age need apply for this position.
C2: No one under 21 years of age needs to apply for this position.

I would say that the difference in meaning is significant.

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PS:  Yes, I know.  I did it on purpose.  Sort of.  Don't you find that the modal form is almost exclusively used in the negative?

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