Submitted by tomolonight  •  May 21, 2009

Infinitive without “to”

What is an infinitive without “to”?

He need not wait. or He needs not wait.

Can you explain more about this?

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This is the use of "need" as an auxiliary, like "ought" or "must". Auxiliaries are followed by the plain form of the verb without "to".

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...except for "ought". Other auxiliaries are "can", "will", "should", "would", "might".

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we call them <strong>modal</strong> verbs.

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"He needs not wait" does not seem right to me. I would say, "He does not need to wait."

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Is it ok to say HE NEED NOT WAI(T as the word, need, serves as an auxiliary??

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