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Author: TMFJeanie Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 13999  
Subject: Re: may/dare/need not Date: 11/7/2001 2:22 PM
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Interesting challenge, Jennifer.

In the two examples you gave, two very different actions are implied:

"I dare not call that bouncer a pr***

In this instance, the action is up to you. It's totally within your control to go ahead and insult the bouncer, but your instincts tell you that such action could result in harm. Therefore you decide not to dare it.

Whereas,
"I'm afraid I _______ get the contract after all."

...implies that the action is out of your control. You are hoping for a contract, but it may not be granted to you because the action is controlled by others.

Here's a third example:
I think with such a conscientious teacher, your ESL students need not worry!

Cheers,

Jeanie :)
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