Dare can be used in two ways: as an ordinary verb and as an auxiliary verb.
Dare as an ordinary verb
As an ordinary verb, dare is followed by the infinitive with to.
- She doesnt dare to go out at night.
- I dare you to hit me!
- She didnt dare to tell him what had happened.
Note that the ordinary verb dare is more common in negative sentences.
The expressions You dare! and Dont you dare! are sometimes used to discourage people from doing unwanted things.
- ‘Mummy can I draw a picture on the wall?’ ‘You dare! ’
Dare as an auxiliary verb
- How dare you say that I am a liar?
- Dare she tell him?
The expression I dare say is used in British English to mean I think probably or I suppose.
- He is not here yet, but I dare say he will come later. (= I think he will probably come later.)
Dare + object + infinitive
The expression I dare you + infinitive is used to challenge other people to do frightening things.
- I dare you to jump across the stream.
Dead and died: differences New!
Definite article or indefinite article - what to use?
Due to and owing to
Due to, owing to, because of and on account of
During, in and for