Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    bhagona is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    33

    Question uses of need

    Please tell me about right usage of "need".

    1. You dont need to drive fast.
    2. You need not to drive fast.

    I know 1st one is right, what about the 2nd one?

    Thanks....

  2. #2
    bhagona is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    33

    Re: uses of need

    Quote Originally Posted by bhagona View Post
    Please tell me about right usage of "need".

    1. You dont need to drive fast.
    2. You need not to drive fast.

    I know 1st one is right, what about the 2nd one?

    Thanks....

    Sorry, the 2nd one is correct, I am confused in 1st case...

  3. #3
    bhagona is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    33

    Re: uses of need

    Please someone help me out

  4. #4
    2006 is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    4,087

    Re: uses of need

    Quote Originally Posted by bhagona View Post
    Please tell me about right usage of "need".

    1. You dont need to drive fast.
    2. You (need not)(needn't) to drive fast.

    Thanks....
    2006

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    6

    Exclamation Re: uses of need

    Quote Originally Posted by bhagona View Post
    Please tell me about right usage of "need".

    1. You dont need to drive fast.
    2. You need not to drive fast.

    I know 1st one is right, what about the 2nd one?

    Thanks....
    I'll give this a shot...

    1. You dont need to drive fast.
    This is correct. You might use it, for example, if you had an hour and only 20 kilometers to travel. The meaning is, "It's all right to drive slow if you want to."

    2. You need not to drive fast.
    I would never use this in written English as the meaning is unclear.

    With the right intonation, it might be allowable in some dialects of spoken English. I can imagine my mother saying, "You need...NOT to drive fast." or "You need... NOT to talk like that," meaning "DON'T drive fast" or "DON'T talk like that."

    In general I'd avoid this phrase, though.

  6. #6
    bhagona is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    33

    Re: uses of need

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    2006

    Hi, 2006.
    So do you want to say "You need not drive fast" is correct?

  7. #7
    ianhood is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • New Zealand
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    34

    Re: uses of need

    Both sentences are correct, except that the word "to" is not required in one of them. "You don't need to drive fast" and "you need not (= needn't) drive fast" mean the same thing, and are in daily use throughout Anglophonia.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •