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    Need versus Want

    Hello,

    My question is in regard to when to use need versus want. The scenario is, I was renting a car from a rental company and the representative asked if I wanted to buy their insurance. I said, "No, I have insurance, so I don't need yours." He corrected me, and said I should have used "want." Is this correct?

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    Re: Need versus Want

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob0122 View Post
    Hello,
    Hello and welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob0122 View Post
    My question is in regard to when to use "need" versus "want". The scenario is, I was renting a car from a rental company and the representative asked if I wanted to buy their insurance. I said, "No, I have insurance, so I don't need yours." He corrected me, and said I should have used "want." Is this correct?

    Thank you.
    I would say there was nothing wrong with what you said, but "... so I don't need it" might have sounded slightly more diplomatic than " ... so I don't need yours". However, I think the representative was just doing a sales pitch (try to sell you insurance), so by saying that you should have used "want" instead of "need", he was implying that the choice was yours and you turned the offer down.

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