I see many sentences with and without "to" in sentences similar to the following.

If you need (to) keep using it, you don't need to return it to me yet.

Are both (with and without "to") correct? If yes, are there any differences in their implications?

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    Both with to and without to is possible, and they mean the same thing here. When need is used with to here, need is a plain verb (verbs like go, break etc). When need is used without to here, it's a modal verb (verb like may, can etc). Commented Jun 22, 2015 at 11:26

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In my experience, AmE tends to retain the "to" in most such cases. There may be exceptions, but in your example, I would not remove the "to".

[It is common, however, to omit "to" (ie, use the bare infinitive) in negative constructions: "You need not return it yet." But that's not what you asked about.]

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