I dare say

I dare say

Spread the love

Point 206 in Modality, in the English Grammar Profile, is used to say that something is probably true. Looking at 4 spaces to the right of the expression on iWeb corpus we find the following collocates which point to the fact the expression is often used with more modality. Two of those are contractions of “will, won’t”. These with “shall” suggest I dare say often introduces future clauses.

1 ‘LL (VM ) 74

2 SHALL (VM ) 59
3 MR. (NNB ) 27
4 WO (VM ) 26
5 MAJORITY (NN1 ) 15

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Legal Notice: Copyright 2019. The online software, text report and research at EnglishGrammar.Pro has made use of the English Grammar Profile. This resource is based on extensive research using the Cambridge Learner Corpus and is part of the English Profile programme, which aims to provide evidence about language use that helps to produce better language teaching materials. See http://www.englishprofile.org for more information.