The sentence is :

  1. One of you dare not fight with him.
  2. One of you dares not fight with him.

I have read that we should use singular verb with "one of +plural noun+ singular verb" but here dares is not correct usage. So what is the correct usage?


This has nothing to do with one of.

In some dialects of English, dare is a semi-modal verb. What this means is that in negative sentences, and only in negative sentences, it isn't conjugated, and it doesn't take to after it. (The verb need is the other semi-modal that can act this way.)

He dare not oppose the king.
He dares to oppose the king.

In other dialects of English, dare is a regular verb:

He doesn't dare to oppose the king.

But these sentences are always wrong:

*He dares not to oppose the king.
*He dare oppose the king.

(Although the last one would be fine if you put a question mark at the end of it, because that makes it count as a negative sentence.)

He dare oppose the king?

So the possible correct sentences (depending on your dialect) for your question are are:

One of you dare not fight with him.
One of you doesn't dare fight with him.
One of you doesn't dare to fight with him.

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  • Thanks for the answer. I am just a beginner . Can you please tell me when to use "Dares "and when to use "dare " . with some few examples? – user261772 Oct 13 '17 at 13:04
  • Easiest solution: treat dare to as a regular verb. "One of you does not dare to fight with him." – Peter Shor Oct 13 '17 at 15:06
  • I'm not so sure about the first 'always wrong' example actually being wrong: "He dares not to oppose the king". I can imagine this working in an Elizabethan accent: "He dares not to oppose the king but rages foul against the prince." – Lawrence Nov 12 '17 at 16:07
  • @Lawrence - Still needs to drop the to to my ear. – Jim Nov 12 '17 at 16:21
  • @Jim Here's a literary example. – Lawrence Nov 12 '17 at 16:38

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