The modal verb 忍心
Modal verbs (情态动词) can be used to express possibility, desire, ability, and necessity. Modal verbs cannot appear without a predicate and can only appear in predicate phrases.
The verb emphasizes that a person is ready to do something. The verb is often used in the negative form with the particle placed before it.
They are so nice. How can I dare to lie to them?
tāmen nàme kě'ài, wǒ zěnme néng rěnxīn piàn tāmen ne
We’ve always known, but we didn’t dare to tell her
wǒmen yīzhí dōu zhīdao, dànshì bù rěnxīn gàosu tā
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