English Grammar


all about need/to need

Please be so kind to share your knowledge about this subject: need as auxiliary/full verb, followed by an infinitiv or a gerund with active or passive meaning.

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  • Dear Gwendo,


    your question needs to be gone into thoroughly,
    that means, your question needs going into thoroughly.
    You needn't have made so many questions in one. Do I need a grammar to answer them?


    CW
  • Thanks Raimund, I got it.
  • From Raimund:
    Dear Gwendo,


    your question needs to be gone into thoroughly,
    that means, your question needs going into thoroughly.
    You needn't have made so many questions in one. Do I need a grammar to answer them?


    CW

     


    Hi Raimund! I share your opinion. As for me a dictionary couldn't be enough to sort out the issue. But Gwendo is one of a kind to make her co-learners make progress, isn't she?
  • Yo! Yo Gwendo!
    Asombroso!
    Have you turned lazybones?
    Can't you hear creeping moans?
    Or would you be a teacher?
    Lazybones is such creature.
    They just make pupils do the job,
    settling for scoring with a bob.
    In the past you used to pose quite a detailed question.
    Now we resent your polite command like an tough oppression.
    But your will is our command
    and we want to meet your demand
    because we love you
    without more ado.
    No need to worry:
    What could us flurry?
    If need be, we'll wait for Rasko
    who has got a 5.5 ratio
    and therefore has answer to the toughest questions
    that he solves with all needed explanations.
    In case of need, we'd check our needs in a dictionary
    which has been made for explaining anything to the needy.
    The needy? Oh yeah! Not the “needies” as we said formerly.
    As the wealthy is a plural, needy is plural equally.
    On Earth there are more needy than wealthy.
    Would you be a needy, eating for hand to mouth?
    You'd need the Welfare to start take care of you.
    (Here is need normal verb meaning “what is due”,
    followed by a clause in the infinitive with to.)
    But you might not see the need for it - the welfare,
    thinking we needn't help needy, for it's unfair.
    (Here need is an auxiliary verb, that's it:
    negative doesn't need adding a do to it.)
    They, the needy, just need to pull themselves through by themselves.
    We have enough with the needs Gwendo has put on the shelves.


    To need is either normal or modal.
    Now what can it be like to be modal?


    Be it called modal verb,
    auxiliary verb,
    or even modal auxiliary,
    the chosen name is up to your fancy.


    They do refer to a necessity,
    obligation or possibility,
    likelihood or other prediction,
    and also can refer to permission.
    You needn't make a fuss about what you look like.
    If you must know, darling, I don't like your new bike.
    You shouldn't go outside, you could catch a bad cold.


    A pack of modal verbs? Can, could, may, might, ought to,
    must, shall, should, have to, would, dare, had better, used to,
    be able to... and need! which we are to deal with
    in this so hard workout we're forging like a smith.


    To say something is not necessarily true,
    I'd use needn't (modal) or also to have to.
    It needn't be a good fairy to grant a wish.
    It doesn't have to be a nerd to talk rubbish.


    As a modal verb need is often used in the negative;
    Bother, fear, panic, concern, worry are its prerogative:
    I've already answered Gwendo, you needn't bother to do it.
    Monkeys in Horatio's lab need not fear they couldn't make it.
    You needn't panic the monkeys into driving them to vomit.
    The outcome needn't concern you, I am the only one at it.
    You needn't worry, my darling, you needn't think of it.


    A bare infinitive has to follow modal auxiliary “need”.
    I needn't listen to you all, bloody guys.
    Infinitive with to is needed by an ordinary “need”.
    I needn't to
  • That's great1
  • What a brainwave!
  • Maybe it's time to change your medication Gee.
  • Yes in Springtime, after the winterblues, when the sun is inspiring the souls, we all need some cachets plus apaisants.
  • With springtime bugs are back biting the hand that feeds one.
    Requiring that medication be new that didn't help fixing the bugs spoiling the former remedy.

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