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    'require'

    1. We require to know it.
    2. We require knowing it.

    Are the both correct and have same meaning?
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    Re: 'require'

    I am not a teacher but neither one sounds right to me. Maybe it is because it is unclear who is requiring it.

    Correct sentences would include:

    We require you to know it.
    We are required to know it.
    We require the knowledge of it.

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    #3

    Re: 'require'

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. We require to know it.
    2. We rewuire knowing it.
    'Require' is normally used only in the passive when followed by a to-infinitive:
    We are required to know it = it is a requirement (laid down by somebody) that we know it.

    If that is not what you mean, you could simply say: we need to know it.

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