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Ahmed Mones
what is the difference between I want and I need?

Which one is correct when I need something 

Should be say I need or I want


Nov 30, 2014 5:12 PM
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If you are talking about something, that's is really nesessary for you (for your life, without which you just can not live) like water, bread, milk, house, bed etc - it means that YOU NEED them.


If you are talking about something that can satisfy your wish, but it's not so necessary for your life like IPHONE 6, Lamborgini, new TV - it means that YOU WANT to have them.

November 30, 2014

I want a car, but don't need it.

I need food to live, but sometimes don't want to eat.

December 1, 2014

  we usually use word "want" to express inner desire , but use  word "need" to express some certain demands. 

December 1, 2014

Thanks all for your information

November 30, 2014

"I want a new suit. But I dont have money."

---> A want is something you would like to have. It is not really necessary like food and air to live.


"I need a suit for job interview"

---> A need is something you have to have. As above example, a suit is very necessary. Your interview will be completed without that suit.  


November 30, 2014
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