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    #1

    You need to study hard. I need to go.

    I read that need is seldom used in affirmative sentences. Is that so? Are the following sentences natural? Could you please correct me if they have a meaning different from what I have written in brackets?

    1)You need to study hard if you don't want to lag behind.
    (strong advice? )
    2) I need to go. I have a lot of things to do.
    (necessity based on circumstances?)
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: You need to study hard. I need to go.

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    I read that need is seldom used in affirmative sentences. Is that so?
    No, it isn't. Where did you read it?

    Your sentences are fine with the meanings given.

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