Need to

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Need to is an English lexical-grammatical structure.

Meaning[edit | edit source]

Need to expresses obligation,

The meaning is slightly different to have to, though there are contexts in which either have to or need to can be used.

Form[edit | edit source]

The following are typical forms:

  • I need to do something.
  • She needs to do something.
  • I don’t need to do something.
  • She doesn’t need to do something.
  • Do you need to do something?
  • Does she need to do something?
  • I needed to do something.
  • Did you need to do something?
  • I didn’t need to do something.
  • Didn’t you need to do something? = Did you not need to do something?

[Language analysis note: With other forms, this can get a bit complicated.]

Pedagogy[edit | edit source]

Need to is usually acquired by English language learners sometime after they have learnt have to. As such, they can scaffold the grammar of need to onto have to.

References[edit | edit source]