Posted by Word Camel on February 26, 2002
I have always found this a little confusing, especially when it's shortened just to 'needs must' because it makes it seem like 'needs' is a noun. I must go the verb below and 'needs' an unusual adverb or is 'must needs go' the verb?
"He must needs go that the Devil drives." Shakespeare: All's Well That-Ends Well
Any elucidation much appreciated.