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    don't have to / needn't

    Hi!

    Is there any difference in meaning between these two sentences? Do don't have to and needn't mean the same?

    I don't have to do the hoovering every day.

    I needn't do the hoovering every day.


    Thank you

    Mia

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    Re: don't have to / needn't

    Quote Originally Posted by MiaL View Post
    Hi!

    Is there any difference in meaning between these two sentences? Do don't have to and needn't mean the same?

    I don't have to do the hoovering every day.

    I needn't do the hoovering every day.

    Thank you

    Mia
    They are very similar in meaning.


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    Re: don't have to / needn't

    Quote Originally Posted by MiaL View Post
    Hi!
    Is there any difference in meaning between these two sentences? Do don't have to and needn't mean the same?
    I don't have to do the hoovering every day.
    I needn't do the hoovering every day.

    Thank you
    Mia
    the difference is where the obligation comes from.
    I need not ... -- the obligation comes from me.
    I do not have to -- the obligation comes from someone else

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    Re: don't have to / needn't

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    the difference is where the obligation comes from.
    I need not ... -- the obligation comes from me.
    I do not have to -- the obligation comes from someone else
    Hi, Svartnik! Как дела?
    Can you clarify what you mean?


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    Re: don't have to / needn't

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    Hi, Svartnik! Как дела?
    Can you clarify what you mean?
    Как дела? = how are things with you
    oitsen hororso moia druzia, cpasiba


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    Re: don't have to / needn't

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    Hi, Svartnik! Как дела?
    Can you clarify what you mean?
    I needn't = I do not feel it is necessary for me to do sg
    I do not have to -- someone else thinks that it is not obligatory that I do sg

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    Re: don't have to / needn't

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    I needn't = I do not feel it is necessary for me to do sg but if you wish you can do. Right?
    I do not have to -- someone else thinks that it is not obligatory that I do sg
    but if I want I can do. Right?

    O.K. Can you give some very typical examples?

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    #8

    Re: don't have to / needn't

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Как дела? = how are things with you
    oitsen hororso moia druzia, cpasiba
    I'm very happy to hear that. Cheers! ( Удачи!)


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    Re: don't have to / needn't

    http://www.learnersdictionary.com/search/need

    need

    —used to say that something is necessary
    ▪ All you need do is ask. [=all you need to do is ask]
    ▪ You need only look at her [=it is only necessary for you to look at her] to understand why I fell in love.

    —usually used in negative statements and in questions for which the answer is assumed by the speaker to be “no”
    You needn't leave if you don't want to. [=you don't have to leave if you don't want to]
    You need not answer these questions. [=you don't have to answer these questions]
    ▪ I told him he needn't worry.
    ▪ Nothing bad happened. You need not have worried.
    ▪ Need I point out that your father disagrees?

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