subhajit123 posted:

Hi there, How should I use dare in the following sentence?

  • If John dares to go there, I will tell his Mom.
  • If John dares go there, I will tell his Mom.
  • If John dare go there, I will tell his Mom.

Hi, Subhajit,

An "if"-clause is a non-assertive context (cf. negative statements and questions), so it is possible to use "dare" as a modal in them. When we use "dare" as a modal, it is uninflected and used without "to" -- "dare go" in your example.

You can also use "dares to go," in which "dare" is a main verb, not a modal, and needs "to." The only option that is incorrect is "dares go," which confuses the modal and the main verb. However, "dares" + [base form] is occasionally found.

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