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    Need I help you? Yes, you_____

    Need I help you? Yes, you ____. A. need B. may C. must D. should

    The answer is C. What I'm wondering is why I can't use A. Waiting for your help. Thanks!

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    Re: Need I help you? Yes, you_____

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Need I help you? Yes, you ____. A. need B. may C. must D. should

    The answer is C. What I'm wondering is why I can't use A. Waiting for your help. Thanks!
    We just don't say 'Yes, you need.'

    Need I help you?
    yes
    Yes, you do.
    Yes, you need to.


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    Re: Need I help you? Yes, you_____

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    We just don't say 'Yes, you need.'
    If we just said 'Yes, you need,' the question "What?" would come up. What do you need? Need is not modifying anything, and due to the lack of the answer to 'what do you need,' 'Yes, you need' would be a sentence fragment.

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    Re: Need I help you? Yes, you_____

    Then do you think "Yes, you must." is right? Thanks again for your answers.

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    Re: Need I help you? Yes, you_____

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFuzzyTie View Post
    If we just said 'Yes, you need,' the question "What?" would come up. What do you need? That's true in some/many cases.
    But in the context of the test question, what I need (to do) is clear; I need to help you.
    My point is that some things are just not said in English, even when the meaning would be clear from the context.

    We also don't say 'Yes, I want.' (even if the meaning would be clear)


    Need is not modifying anything, and due to the lack of the answer to 'what do you need,' 'Yes, you need' would be a sentence fragment.
    Just saying 'yes' would be even less, but we still say it.
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    Re: Need I help you? Yes, you_____

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    Then do you think "Yes, you must." is right? Thanks again for your answers.
    Yes, it is the only correct choice. "must" has the same meaning as 'need to'.

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    Re: Need I help you? Yes, you_____

    Does anyone actually say, "Need I help you?" Where is this used?
    I've never heard it.

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    Re: Need I help you? Yes, you_____

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Does anyone actually say, "Need I help you?" Where is this used?
    I've never heard it.
    I was wondering the same thing! At a push "Do I need to help you?" or "Do you need help?" I could understand, but "Need I help you?" - never.

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    Re: Need I help you? Yes, you_____

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Does anyone actually say, "Need I help you?" Where is this used?
    I've never heard it.
    It may well be the case that it's rarely (?? never??) used, and it's fair to point that out.
    But there is no reason it can't be used.

    (Need)(Must)(Should)(Can)(etc) I help you?

    Need we say more? (of course we can )
    Last edited by 2006; 30-Apr-2010 at 00:06. Reason: correct typo

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    Re: Need I help you? Yes, you_____

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Does anyone actually say, "Need I help you?" Where is this used?
    I've never heard it.

    hehe! It is used in English tests to those Chiese students who are struggling in studying English. And in many cases, what those exercise designers want only is to puzzle the examinees with unpractical grammar questions instead of improving their English.

    I, though a so-called English teacher in my country,am always suffering the mental pain of not being able to speak good English. We do not have a satisfactory language environment. And because of the feature of my job, I have to devote most of my efforts to endlessly explaining the boring and stupid grammar points(most of the time, it is really unpractical) to my students, because for many of them the only purpose of learing English is to pass the exam.

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