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Do the following sentences mean the same thing?
1: You do not need to call me.
2: You need not to call me.
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Jackson6612Do the following sentences mean the same thing?

1: You do not need to call me.

2: You need not to call me.
Remove 'to' from #2, and they mean the same thing.
Hi,

I learnt that "need" can be used as a semi-modal verb in BrE.
When used as a modal (sentence no. 2), though, it should be followed by a bare infinitive (with "to," as far as I know, it's ungrammatical).

If the second one were "You need not call me" = You needn't call me" (without "to"), then whey would have the same meaning.
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Why should to be removed from the sentence no.2?
Because it's being used as a modal verb. Think of these:

We must do it. (NOT "We must to do it.")
We mustn't do it. (NOT "We mustn't to do it.")
We can do it (NOT "We can to do it.")
We can't do it (NOT "We can't to do it.")
We might do it (NOT "We might to do it.")

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Please help me to break the following sentence into constituent parts of speech.
There is no need to call me.
Help!
no!

1. means you are not supposed to call me. (maybe the speaker is the one who'll call back!)

2. as it is the sentence is wrong grammatically, if corrected to "You need not call me" then this means it's not necessary to call me but if you really want to you may call.
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