Difference in meaning between the sentences

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Tan Elaine

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She need not say how obliging she feels.

She does not need to say how obliging she feels.

Is there a difference in meaning between the sentences? Thanks.
 

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She need not say how obliging she feels.

She does not need to say how obliging she feels.

Is there a difference in meaning between the sentences? Thanks.
Neither means much to me. I cannot think of any situation in which anybody might need to say how obliging they feel.
 

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Thanks, 5jj.

If I changed the word to 'obligated', does it make sense? And, if so, do the sentences have the same meaning?
 

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That makes more sense. There is no real difference in meaning between the two sentences.
 
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