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    #1

    don't need vs need not

    1. You don't need to go to work if you don't feel well.
    2. You need not go to work if you don't feel well.

    Is there any difference between 'don't need' and 'need not' in the above sentences?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: don't need vs need not

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1. You don't need to go to work if you don't feel well.
    2. You need not go to work if you don't feel well.

    Is there any difference between 'don't need' and 'need not' in the above sentences?

    Thanks.
    There is no difference in meaning.

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    #3

    Re: don't need vs need not

    But I suspect that 2 is not used in Am E, or sounds pretentious. Wait for an American view.

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    #4

    Re: don't need vs need not

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Wait for an American view.
    Well, here you are:





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    #5

    Re: don't need vs need not

    I cannot present such a breathtaking American view, but Raymond Murphy says in English Grammar in Use that "needn't" is unusual in AmE. I suspect that the same goes for "need not." In other words, a speaker of AmE would say, 'We don't need to hurry' instead of 'We needn't hurry.'

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