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In a sentence like this:

I wouldn't even dare to think about the results.

vs

I wouldn't even dare thinking about the results.

Are both of them correct? They seem fine on the surface, but when I say it out loud there seems to be something wrong but I don't know (if it's wrong) which part it is wrong.

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    They are both correct, assuming nothing in the larger context would render them nonsensical. I sense that they have slightly different connotations, though I can't think of how to express that difference.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 23:12
  • Which one sounds wrong? Also, what is your reaction to "I wouldn't dare think. . ."? Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 7:24

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Dare functions as a modal and a lexical verb (it has the same formal properties as need when used as a lexical verb - followed with a full form of infinitive for example to think). So, when used as a modal verb, usually in a negative and interrogative constructions, you would say I wouldn't even dare think about the results or How dare you think about the results?. However, when used as a lexical verb you would say I wouldn't even dare to think about the results. The latter you mentioned - gerund form - is never used with dare neither as modal nor as a lexical verb.

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