English Grammar Need
Learn English Need Grammar

Grammar Level 1- Lesson Thirty Two

In this grammar lesson, you learn about Need in English and how to use it in your English conversation and writing. Just follow examples and write them down a few times to learn them very well. After finishing this lesson, you should work on its quiz.

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Present Tense

I need _______
You need _____
He needs _____
She needs _____
It needs _____

We need _____
You need ______
They need _____

The verb “need” requires an object or an infinitive after it:
I need some coffee. (The word “coffee” is an object.)
She needs a ride. (The word “ride” is an object.)
We need to go home. (“To go” is an infinitive.)

Need in the Present Tense – Negative

I don’t need _____
You don’t need ____
He doesn’t need____
She doesn’t need ____
It doesn’t need ____

We don’t need ____
You don’t need ____
They don’t need ____

Remember: You must have an object or an infinitive after “need.”
They don’t need a new car . (The word “car” is a noun that functions as an object in this sentence.)
She doesn’t need to work tomorrow. (“To work” is an infinitive.)
This flashlight doesn’t need batteries. (The word “need” is often used with things. It doesn’t need batteries.)

The verb “need” is often used in questions:
Is there something that you need?
What does he need to do today?
Do you need anything from the store?
Why do you need to work on Saturday?
Will I need to wear a jacket today?

Here’s a video for the verb “need.”

Some examples for the use of need in questions:
A: What do you need from the store?
B: I need some bread.
or ….
B: I need to get some bread.

A: Does he need to go to school today?
B: Yes, he needs to go to school.
or ….
B: Yes, he does.
B: Yes, he needs. (Don’t make a sentence like this!)

A:How many potatoes do we need?
B: We need at least ten potatoes.
How much lettuce do we need?
We need three heads of lettuce.

Practice using Need in the Present Tense
Directions: Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verb “need.” Some questions require “do” or “does.”
What _______ he _________ ?
He ________ a pencil.
______ you ________ any help?
I ________ ________ this. (negative)
Who _________ more to eat?
This flashlight _________ batteries.
The students _________ books.
I _______ ________ to go to work today. (negative)
When _______ they ________ to leave?
My car __________ an oil change.

(Answers: 1. does….need; 2. needs; 3. Do….need; 4. don’t need; 5. needs; 6. needs; 7. need; 8. don’t need; 9. do….need; 10. needs)


Quiz for Need

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