Do we really need the modal auxiliary verb "need" or have to/ do not have to will suffice?

To me the sentence " You needn't fill in a form." sounds somewhat odd and a bit stilted, but still it gives you an impression of a very good English. 

Dec 31, 2015 11:19 AM
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You are right. It's correct, but a little old-fashioned, to use the modal form of 'need'.  For most native speakers, it wouldn't be our first choice of construction. We'd be more likely to say 'You don't need to ..' or 'You don't have to..'.

December 31, 2015

Dear Su.Ki., thank you very much for your reply!


December 31, 2015