There's no excuse for behaviour like that. There's no need for it.

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There's no excuse for behaviour like that. There's no need for it. (From "English Grammar in Use" by Raymond Murphy)

Taken separately, the sentences above make sense to me, but not as they are there. After reading the first one, I imagine someone telling some other person off, and then... "There's no need for excuses" as if everything's alright and there hasn't been any reproaching before. Or maybe the person telling off is too offended to take any explanations. Well, I'm guessing... What are those sentences about? :)
 

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There is no excuse for behavior like that. There is no need for it.

"It" is the behavior in question. There is no excuse for it.
 

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So "it" was "behaviour", not "excuses". Now the sentences make sense. Thanks.
 

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And yet I'd like to ask another question. Is it a natural way to express this idea? I mean it's not unusual to see unnatural sentences in grammar books sometimes, and it does sound pretty foreign to me. But it's no wonder, isn't it? :-D
 

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It's quite natural. The person probably said something like:

You ought to be ashamed of yourself. There is no excuse for behavior like that. There is no need for it.

Or the "You ought to be ashamed of yourself" could have come afterwards.
 
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