Michael Tavares
Exige and Precisa both show me that they mean "need" my guess is that "precisar (+de)" is for personal, that is the needs of people, and that "exigir" ir more like 'requires', and for things that aren't people? Am i right?
Jan 31, 2016 10:15 AM
Answers · 5
In personal meaning, "precisa" is polite. "Preciso de sua ajuda!". If you use "exige" in the same sentence, you are obligating someone to help you: "Exigo sua ajuda!". It is not a good idea! For things or qualifications for a job, "exigir" is like "to require". If you would like to try some examples, I could help you.
January 31, 2016
Hello Michael! Both words can be used for "people" and for "things" contexts. In some cases, they have similar meaning but they are not interchangeable. I hope this information bellow can be useful. Meaning - EXIGIR: to claim, to demand, to require, to urge, to impose (as obligation or a duty); - PRECISAR: to need, must , have to, need to; Keeping the meaning in mind, we can see some examples: 1) - Michael precisa de uma resposta para esta pergunta. (Michael needs an answer for this question) - Michael exige uma resposta para esta pergunta. (Michael requires an nswer for this question) 2) - Esta pergunta precisa ser respondida. (This question needs to be answered) - Esta pergunta exige uma resposta. (This question requires an answer) 3) - Eu preciso do Michael para saber se esta explicação foi clara. (I need Michael to know if I this answer was clear) - Eu exijo que o Michael diga se esta explicação foi clara. (I impose to Michael that he tells me if this answer was clear) In these examples above, EXIGIR and PRECISAR can be used in similar situations both for people and for things. But they have diferent meanings. ------- P.S.: - Sorry my bad English - I hope I could get the idea when you say "for things" and "for people". If not, please let me know if you need more information.
February 1, 2016
In this case, there is a direct translation to english: 'exigir' means to demand while 'precisar' means to need. Eu exijo sua presença: I demand your presence Eu preciso da sua presença: I need your presence As simples as it is. As for '+ de': With the verb 'precisar' you must always use 'de' except when you have a verb after: ex: Eu preciso de comida = I need food Eu preciso comer = I need to eat comer is a verb, therefore you should not use 'de' while comida is not a verb, so you use 'de'.
February 12, 2016
Show More
Still haven’t found your answers?
Write down your questions and let the native speakers help you!
Michael Tavares
Language Skills
English, Portuguese
Learning Language