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“Need not be” vs. “Need not to be” [duplicate]

As a native English speaker, I find the phrase "The hammer need not to be large for..." sounds strange to my ears. Instead, I prefer "The hammer need not be large for...". But what is the rule that ...
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“Need just [verb]” vs. “need to just [verb]” [duplicate]

I wonder if it's okay to use these interchangeably: You need just accept it. You need to just accept it.
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How is “Humans need not apply” a correct sentence? [duplicate]

I saw this expression as a title of a short documentary on Youtube and was wondering, because it makes no sense to me grammatically.
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Why doesn't “need” take a “to” infinitive in some cases? [duplicate]

In a book of Alexander McCall Smith I found this phrase: No historical novelists need apply. Why isn't it this with a to for the infinitive? No historical novelist need to apply?
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Why can no-one say “no-one needs know”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why use “need not” instead of “do not need to”? In English, why could I say, "No-one need know" and not "No-one needs know". I would say, after all, "No-one needs to know".
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Right meaning of the phrase [duplicate]

[man] makes himself the instrument of somebody or something outside of himself; he need not solve the problem of living by productive activity. Bold part means “a man doesn't need to solve any ...
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“need to do” vs “need do”

Consider: I need to do this. I need do this. My English grammar knowledge tells me that "need" doesn't have the same status as the modal verbs "may", "can", "should" and what not. Hence the second ...
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Grammar parsing for “if need be”

I have the following question. There is an idiom 'if need be'. The meaning is clear, but I can't comprehend it from a grammatical point of view. How should I parse it? 'if [smth] needs to be'? Why not ...
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Modal vs Non-Modal vs Auxiliary modal vs Conjugated Verb

Modal vs Non-Modal vs Auxiliary modal vs Conjugated Verb How are these kinds of verb related to each other? Specially Non-Modals and Conjugated Verb. Is the "Auxiliary modal" just another name for "...
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Verb + not = do not verb ? What is the gramatical explanation?

I have long been puzzled by the usage of 'verb + not'. For example, Kennedy said, "... my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." The Bible ...
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How do “need” and “not” mix and match?

You don't need to play You need to not play You need not play You needn't play You need not to play What does each of these mean, and which ones are equivalent to the others? Is the meaning of the ...
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Forming the negative with “no?”

I sometimes see sentences like I no go to Rio (note that no is before go)—as the title of this blog post. Is it considered slang or is there an actual rule? p.s. While related, this is not a ...
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Is there a semantic difference between “need not contain” and “do not need to contain”?

This question already outlines what the syntactic differences between "need not" and "do not need to" are. However, a discussion unfolded below this answer about the following quote from this ...
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When is “need” a modal verb, and when is it not? [closed]

When do we use "need" as a modal verb and say "need something" or "need do something", and when do we say: "need to do something" "I needed" "he needs" etc.? Can we use "will need"?