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    #1

    a little help

    Hello guys I was wondering something about this sentence:

    All I need is for you to authorize these tests

    This sentence means I need something that has to be authorized by you.

    But I'm confused doesn't it mean that I need an authorization to these tests for you.Like for your own good?

    Hello guys I was wondering something about this sentence:

    All I need is for you to authorize these tests

    This sentence means I need something that has to be authorized by you.

    But I'm confused doesn't it mean that I need an authorization to these tests for you.Like for your own good?

    I mean that shouldn't it be like:"all I need from you is to authorize these these test"

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    #2

    Re: a little help

    Imagine that you need a medical for your work. You go to your doctor and say "All I need is for you to authorise these tests for me to give to my employer". The doctor has to authorise the hospital to take the tests which you cannot do.
    Does this help?

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    #3

    Re: a little help

    yes thanks but can't we say "All I need from you is to..."?

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    #4

    Re: a little help

    Quote Originally Posted by egerol1 View Post
    yes thanks but can't we say "All I need from you is to..."?
    Yes, I would agree that the idea is clearly expressed as you state -- in fact it sounds more common than the first example you gave.

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    #5

    Re: a little help

    Quote Originally Posted by egerol1 View Post
    yes thanks but can't we say "All I need from you is to..."?
    Yes. Both are used.

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    Re: a little help

    yeah I think the second one is more common actually becasue if we say "need for you" that sounds like "we need something for someone".It's like saying "I need a medecine for my friend".It doesn't mean that we need something to be done by someone"
    That's what I meant from all the beginning.

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    Re: a little help

    Quote Originally Posted by egerol1 View Post
    yeah I think the second one is more common actually becasue if we say "need for you" that sounds like "we need something for someone".
    No, it does not sound like this to a native speaker.

    As apex said, both expressions are used.

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