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"Want" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "querer", and "need" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "necesitar". Learn more about the difference between "want" and "need" below.
want(
want
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to desire)
a. querer
I want chocolate ice cream!¡Quiero un helado de chocolate!
2. (to need)
a. tener que
I'll give you some useful tips you'll want to pay attention to.Te daré unos consejos útiles a los que tienes que prestar atención.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
3. (to seek)
a. buscarse
Hotel staff wanted.Se busca personal para hotel.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to lack)
a. faltar
My father has always worked hard, and our family has never wanted for anything.Mi padre siempre ha trabajado duro, y a nuestra familia nunca le ha faltado de nada.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (need)
a. la necesidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My grandfather's wants are simple; as long as he has tea and his books, he's content.Las necesidades de mi abuelo son sencillas; con que tenga té y sus libros está contento.
6. (lack)
a. la falta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He found himself in great difficulties for want of money.Tuvo grandes problemas por falta de dinero.
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need(
nid
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to require)
a. necesitar
A car needs gas to start.Un coche necesita gasolina para arrancar.
b. requerir
The patient will need some time to recover.El paciente va a requerir algo de tiempo para recuperarse.
c. hacer falta
We need three more chairs for the lunch on Sunday.Nos hacen falta tres sillas más para el almuerzo del domingo.
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
2. (to be obligatory or necessary)
a. necesitar
I need to go to the supermarket to buy milk.Necesito ir al supermercado para comprar leche.
b. tener que
The kids don't need to go to school tomorrow because it's a holiday.Los niños no tienen que ir a la escuela mañana porque es día festivo.
c. hacer falta
You don't need to help me move anymore; I'm hiring movers!Ya no hace falta que me ayudes a mudarme; ¡voy a contratar un flete!
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (necessity)
a. la necesidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Everyone feels the need to be alone from time to time.Todos sentimos la necesidad de estar a solas de vez en cuando.
4. (poverty)
a. la necesidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The need of the families affected by the hurricane was obvious.La necesidad de las familias afectadas por el huracán fue obvia.
5. (obligation)
a. la necesidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I don't know why you feel the need to help him.No sé por qué sientes la necesidad de ayudarlo.
6. (basic requirement for life)
a. la necesidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A rabbit's basic dietary needs are clean water, fresh vegetables, and lots of hay.Las necesidades alimentarias básicas de un conejo son agua limpia, verduras frescas y mucho heno.
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