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What is the syntactic name for the structure 'need not be' (in contrast to 'does not need to be')?

asked 2019-02-06 15:57:42 -0400

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As in the phrase 'it need not be known' I can't remember if there is a name or description for this type of thing in syntax, but think thjs structure was more common in older forms of English?

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answered 2019-02-11 01:54:06 -0400

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I believe that the difference lies in the two aspects of need. If used as a modal verb, which is being used less nowadays, then you need not use the infinitive particle to with the main verb; if used as a regular verb, then you would need to use the infinitive particle to against the following verb, just like in my two explanatory sentences :)

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