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Małgorzata J
"Don't dare to touch" or "touching"? I always have troubles determining if I have to use to +. Infinitive or rather verb + ~ing in such sentences. So.. should one say: A) Don't dare to touch it, it's hot! B) Don't dare touching it, it's hot!
Sep 20, 2019 3:20 PM
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Interesting, in the positive form of a command, we would say "I dare you *to* touch it!", but in the negative, "Don't you dare touch it!"
September 20, 2019
I think it is the same itsnt?
September 20, 2019
(A) correct; however, it will sound more natural to say, "Don't dare touch it, it's hot!" (B) is incorrect Dare is an odd verb that has lost "to" in many instances. For example, we would say: "You need to eat it." BUT "Don't dare eat it, it is too much."
September 20, 2019
Małgorzata J
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