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Kat Aralina
Hi all! I would like to know the difference between "Needn't" and "Don't need"

Hello everyone,

I'm wondering If there is a difference in use between "Needn't" and "Don't need". My language teacher says there's a difference  between these verbs and as a modal verb "need' in the negative form when we want to give permission to someone not to do something can only be used as "Needn't". Is he right about this? Any help is more than welcome!

Thanks in advance :)

Sep 20, 2016 5:26 PM
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There are 3 important things here: "don't need," "don't need to," and "needn't." "Don't need" is used when we talk about things we do not heed to have. For example, "I don't need a new computer." "Don't need to" is a semi modal verb that is talking about actions that you are not required to do or that aren't necessary. For example, "I don't need to read that book because I already know the material. "Needn't" is a little more complicated. It can be used as a synonym for "don't need to" or as a synonym for "don't have to." For example, "you needn't do those reports right away." "I needn't worry because he is going to text me about the outcome of the meeting. A useful link for learning in more detail is I hope this helped you.
September 20, 2016

Here is a link to a very complete explanation:

September 20, 2016
Thank you for the response and useful information :)
September 20, 2016
Kat Aralina
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