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bhagona

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Please tell me about right usage of "need".

1. You dont need to drive fast.
2. You need not to drive fast.

I know 1st one is right, what about the 2nd one?

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bhagona

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Please tell me about right usage of "need".

1. You dont need to drive fast.
2. You need not to drive fast.

I know 1st one is right, what about the 2nd one?

Thanks....


Sorry, the 2nd one is correct, I am confused in 1st case...
 

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Please someone help me out:roll:
 

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Please tell me about right usage of "need".

1. You dont need to drive fast. :tick:
2. You (need not)(needn't) [STRIKE]to[/STRIKE] drive fast. :tick:

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Please tell me about right usage of "need".

1. You dont need to drive fast.
2. You need not to drive fast.

I know 1st one is right, what about the 2nd one?

Thanks....

I'll give this a shot...

1. You dont need to drive fast.
This is correct. You might use it, for example, if you had an hour and only 20 kilometers to travel. The meaning is, "It's all right to drive slow if you want to."

2. You need not to drive fast.
I would never use this in written English as the meaning is unclear.

With the right intonation, it might be allowable in some dialects of spoken English. I can imagine my mother saying, "You need...NOT to drive fast." or "You need... NOT to talk like that," meaning "DON'T drive fast" or "DON'T talk like that."

In general I'd avoid this phrase, though.
 

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Both sentences are correct, except that the word "to" is not required in one of them. "You don't need to drive fast" and "you need not (= needn't) drive fast" mean the same thing, and are in daily use throughout Anglophonia.
 
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