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  • She learned to fly on a dare. (oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com)
  1. Does this mean she was dared by someone to fly? Was she challenged by someone?
  2. Is it ok to use 'dare' in passive voice like I did here?
  3. Is the shortened form, 'daren't,' commonly used?

Thanks for your help.

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  1. To do something on a dare means exactly what you suspect: to do something in response to a challenge.

  2. Yes, dare may be cast in the passive voice, just as you used it.

  3. Daren't is pretty rare in US speech these days; we generally say don't/doesn't/didn't dare.

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  • (3) ... or sometimes dare not, dares not. May 20, 2014 at 20:22
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    I think there's still a pretty strictly observed US/UK difference here. There aren't actually enough instances to directly compare US/UK charts for did it on a dare, did it for a dare, but the second of those (which is the UK standard version) disappears completely if you switch to the US-only corpus. May 20, 2014 at 22:07

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