'Look in there' he pointed/gestured (Version 2, lol)

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First of all, I apologize. The need you to construction doesn't sound rude in sentences I read in dictionaries. If you don't believe me, check Longman and Macmillan.

Anyway, back to the topic. I want to know the difference between the verbs point and gesture as well as the difference between the prepositions that come after them (to/towards). How do I sort out the sentence below? I would appreciate it if someone helped me.

'Look in there,' he pointed/gestured to/towards the box.
 

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Also, to avoid another huge misunderstanding, I specify that I studied the use of need someone to do something BEFORE you told me it was rude -- I'm not doubting you or anything. I was about to go to bed and it suddenly occurred to me that you might misinterpret the OP, so I turned on my laptop just to write this. :loling:
 

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Well, pointing is a kind of gesture. That's why you can use either one.

I don't see what's wrong with "I need you to do something" (or a similar construction).
 

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It'd not be rude if you need someone else- I need a dentist to fix my teeth.
 
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When I posted that I hadn't seen the original. (Context matters.)
 
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