'yes, I DO' as an answer to 'need' (modal)

boggiee

Senior Member
Turkish
Hello,

- You needn't apologize her, need you? / do you?

-
A: Need you go to school today?
B: Yes, I need. / Yes, I do.

They are my sentences and I cannot know if I can use 'do' as a tag question and answer to 'need' used as a modal verb.

I think 'need' is the only correct choice but still I cannot make sure of it.

Thank you!
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    You needn't apologize to her, need you?
    A tag question using "need" sounds very old-fashioned to me.

    I would say: You don't need to apologise to her, do you?

    - A: Need you go to school today?
    B: Yes, I need to.

    Again, I would say: Do you need to go to school today? - Yes, I do.


     

    Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    You needn't apologize to her, need you?
    A tag question using "need" sounds very old-fashioned to me.

    I would say: You don't need to apologise to her, do you?

    - A: Need you go to school today?
    B: Yes, I need to.
    Again, I would say: Do you need to go to school today? - Yes, I do.
    :tick:

    Only to add that I think 'Do you have to go to school today' is possibly more likely than 'need to' but it depends entirely on the context and attitudes of the speaker/s.
     

    JamesM

    Senior Member
    Just to add, I can't imagine anyone using "You needn't apologize to her, need you?" in conversation in American English. Velisarius' alternative sounds normal to me, and so does Hermione's.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    "To" would be necessary. We wouldn't say "Yes, I need" though we would say "No, I needn't".
    Though the question itself with "need you" sounds unnecessarily formal, I would happily answer with "Yes, I do." (A shorter alternative to "Yes, I do need to go.")
     
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