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"Sir, do you need help?"

Translation:Señor, ¿usted necesita ayuda?

May 15, 2018



Think of Tú as your friends, co-workers, close family, people you talk to on a regular basis and usted is everyone else, strangers, people of authority such as police, etc. With the use of "Sir" in this sample, the formal you, usted, is needed. You would not call your friends or others you know well "Sir".

July 4, 2018


Thank you so much, your explanation is very helpful!

July 9, 2018


Muchas gracias! I understand better now.

May 20, 2019


Thank you! That really helps!

April 19, 2019


thank you so much for this!!!!

July 29, 2019


Well put. Gracias

May 7, 2019


Mi comprendo ;)

September 15, 2019


Meh, I'll still use "Tú" to anyone, I don't respect their ❤❤❤❤.

April 11, 2019



August 6, 2019


Ok, so my answer was "Senor, necesita usted ayuda?" It was correct. The answer in the discussion is "Señor, ¿usted necesita ayuda?" I understand the importance of usted to establish formality. My question is, does it matter where the usted is in the sentence? Is "Señor, ¿necesita ayuda usted?" as correct as the other versions of the same sentence? A little confusion here, any help would be much appreciated.

July 2, 2018


I forget the exact grammatical rule but the order of the words does matter, just as it does in english. Imagine someone switching the order of the words in English. They can be understood but you'll probably scratch your head and wonder why they are talking so weird. Yoda is a perfect example. You can understand him but his sentence structure is off and incorrect.

July 18, 2018


I definitely agree with that!

October 11, 2019


The way I was taught in my spanish text book, inverted was the way to go and it could be either of the other options aswell. Neither seems more "correct" over the other -even though I prefer to adress the subject after the verb in questions- Spanish has "loose" grammar rules looking at it from an English perspective Take the double negatives for an example! (disclaimer: At least on this matter cause adjectives are a different concept and can be a pain in the butt).

November 14, 2018


According to other forums, "Señor, ¿necesita ayuda usted?" is acceptable.

May 14, 2019


That's what i put down and Duo accepted it. If we can't trust Duo for the right answers, who can we trust?! Tell me, whhhoooooooooo( t ;)

October 11, 2019


That is very archaic.

October 11, 2019


I think that would be like saying, "Senor, need help you?" Not sure, just guessing.

July 8, 2018


The use of Sir/Señor indicates formality so the additional inclusion of Usted is not essential. DL accepts "Señor, necesita ayuda?" as a correct answer.

July 6, 2018


No it doesn't, I've just got it wrong, even though my Spanish friends say I was correct I guess South American Spanish, still over rules Spains Spanish. It's a shame

December 1, 2018


No, it did not accept "Senor, necesita ayuda?"

December 4, 2018


That would be Necesitas....but still it won't accept

April 13, 2019


Necesitas is for the tu form and necesita is for the usted form

July 26, 2019


Thank you so much

July 28, 2019


This confuses me and is the part i missed. I first learned that necesitas is second person and necesita is third person. So why use the third person form when using usted in the second person?

October 4, 2019


"he/she/you (formal)"...

...these three use "third person".

October 11, 2019


Why is it not necesito?

June 5, 2018


Necesito is "I need" Necesita is "he/she/you need(s)"

June 10, 2018


Thank you for the clarification. I was asking myself the same thing.

December 27, 2018


And necesitas is you need.

December 28, 2018


Now i understand it between necesito and necesita

May 16, 2019


he/she/you (formal) use necesita.

you (informal) uses necesitas

October 11, 2019


Why can't it also be necesitas. I always thought the you meant it was safe to use the "tu" version of the verb.

June 11, 2018


I believe the word "Sir" infers formality.

June 12, 2018


Oh, that's why, thanks.

February 28, 2019


Why do I need to conjugate ayuda if it is a second verb? Or is this the noun version of the verb ayudar?

August 19, 2018


Yes. It is a noun, here.

October 11, 2019


You are right that it is the noun which corresponds.

October 30, 2018


Why usted and not "tu". And necesita and not necesitas

June 24, 2018


The verb has different conjugations depending on who the verb applies to. For present tense: Necesitar- to need Yo- necesito Tu- necesitas El/Ella/Usted- necesita Nosotros- necesitamos Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes- Necesitan

July 18, 2018


Thank you

August 1, 2018


Thanks so since its usted thts why its necesitas

June 9, 2019


Usted/Él/Ella correspond the same so it's "usted necesita...".

July 3, 2019


The "Sir" lets us know that we need to use the Usted version and not the Tú version.

July 27, 2018


It appears they have introduced the word "ud." for you. I don't understand.

July 17, 2018


"Ud." is the abbreviation of "Usted". When written, it's fine. But when you're speaking it, it should still be "usted".

July 27, 2018


why would i also conjugate ayudar? i already conjugated necesita

September 11, 2018


Ayuda is both a feminine noun(as in this example) and a verb. In this case, you are confusing the feminine noun with ayudar.

September 11, 2018


How do i know where to place 'usted' in a sentence?

January 31, 2019


Have not yet learned the word 'requiere'. I am more comfortable using the word 'necesito' which I have learned.

July 9, 2019


What's the different between (requiero & necesitas) ?¡!

July 29, 2019


I said necesitas. Why was it wrong? Anybody know spanish?

September 5, 2019


For some reason, when I put my answer in, "Señor, ¿tú necesita ayuda?" It said that I used the wrong word, "Señor, ud. necesita ayuda?" What is this "ud."?

July 19, 2018


Abbreviation for "usted". When speaking, though, you're still supposed to say "usted".

July 27, 2018


Why is the translation they gave me different? Yes I got it wrong :-( But, this is what duolingo answered: (You used the tú form "necesitas" instead of the command form "necesita". Señor, ¿ necesita ayuda?)

July 30, 2018


facepalm My bad. I misunderstood or rather misread your post.

Because of the use of "Señor"(meaning sir), you need necesita, used for she/he/it/you(formal). In this question, you are talking to a man you do not know, asking him if he needs help. Why else would you call someone "sir"?

Tú - friends, colleagues, coworkers, other people you know well

Usted - everyone you would essentially be formal with; strangers, police, etc

July 30, 2018


necesita vs necesitas?? And when do you use which one?

August 4, 2018


First, let's start with the root verb, necesitar, to need. From there we can conjugate it, as with all Spanish verbs based on who the subject is. In this case, the subject is the stranger. We know this because the speaker asking the question called him "Sir". Now, I don't know about you, but I don't call my friends, colleagues, classmates, neighbors, people I know very well, sir or ma'am. So with that said, allow me to conjugate.

Necesitar - to need.

Necesito - I need. "Yo necesito un bolígrafo." Yo can be omitted to simplify the sentence as any verb conjugated to ending in -o will always mean I .

Necesitas - You(familiar) need. This you is your friends, colleagues, neighbors, etc., everyone you know very well. "¿Necesitas un bolígrafo?" Remember, because of this verb conjugation, tú can be omitted to simplify the sentence/question.

Necesita - She/He/It/You(formal) needs. The you here is reserved for speaking with strangers, police, or other people of similar(or greater) status. This conjugated verb is also used when the subject has a name or if it the woman, the man, or the child. "El hombre necesita un bolígrafo." Simply replace "El hombre" with any of the other suggestions I listed. Usted(you - formal) can be omitted when you are talking directly to that person.

Necesitan - They need. "Ellos/Ellas necesitan un bolígrafo." The subject can also be the women, the men, the children, or if more than one subject is named. "David y Sarah necesitan un bolígrafo."

Necesitamos - We need. "Necesitamos un bolígrafo." Same with the others, nosotros(we) can be omitted. We is always going to be you and at least one other. "Tú y yo necesitamos un bolígrafo." "Mi amigo y yo necesitamos un bolígrafo." "David y yo necesitamos un bolígrafo."

Hope this helps.

August 4, 2018


Thanks so much for the clarification. That really helped me a lot!!

August 4, 2018


I forgot to mention, with the verbs ending in -a, omitting Usted when directly talking to someone is not always(most of the time it will be) correct. For instance, in the case of this question. The speaker is talking to a stranger, asking him if he needs help. Well, what if there was an accident and there were several people involved? By omitting usted, the speaker could essentially be asking the stranger if he thought the woman needed help. So use your best judgement and good luck!

August 4, 2018


Thanks again!

August 4, 2018


Great explanation!

January 15, 2019


you are very helpful, thanks!

May 29, 2019


thanks it helped alot

May 29, 2019


I made the mistake of using 'tu' instead of 'usted' and it says the correct answer is "Senor, ud. necesita ayuda?" (the necesita was not capitalized... is ud. short for something?)

August 14, 2018


Ud is short for usted. And tú is wrong because of the use of Señor. Do you call all of your friends, coworkers, classmates, and other people you know very well, Sir or Ma'am?

August 14, 2018


necesita is not given as the solution word

September 7, 2018


Why is necesita the correct answer even though it's "sir, do YOU need a taxi?" should it not be "necesitas"?

November 16, 2018


The usted form generally (always?) uses the same verb conjugations as he, she, and it:

Yo necesito (I)

Tú necesitas (informal you)

Él necesita (he)

Ella necesita (she)

Es necesita (it)

Usted necesita (formal you)

November 28, 2018


Why is 'Señor, necesita ayuda incorrect

December 1, 2018


Senor, necesitas ayuda. is also correct.

December 28, 2018


This formal and informal is silly. Nesecita or necesitas might be rude, but it is also correct

December 28, 2018


Castellano doesn't use the "usted" form. We don't all live in South/Central America or Mexico. It's ironic since the Spanish flag is the icon for Spanish but it doesn't teach Castellano.

January 17, 2019


Question forAsking any grammar enthusiasts:

If we use a conjugated verb in front of another verb (necesita ayuda in this case),

Why is it that the "ayuda" not in its infinitive form?

January 18, 2019


Why do I have to use "usted"? Why does "ayuda" need conjugation?

January 30, 2019


I forgot usted in my answer. since we say senor, isn't it already implied he is respected?

January 31, 2019


Why is it "necesita" for Señor?

February 4, 2019


Ok does usted go before or after because When a girl needed a taxi it went after and now a guy needs help it goes first. Why are Gramarians so anti logic ormaking things simple. Make a rule and stick to it. Simple

March 20, 2019


Thank you, MsPuddles. That helped me.

March 24, 2019


I put senor usted necesito ayuda but it said i'm wrong isn't necesita female and necesito male?

April 3, 2019


-o and -a are the endings you'll find on the ends of many (but not all) female and male gendered nouns.

Verbs instead change form depending on the who or what is doing the action:

Necesitar (base form: "to need")

Yo necesito

Tú necesitas

El/Ella/Es/Usted necesita

There are a few more, and these are only for the present tense, but that at least covers the basics. For more, see https://www.spanishdict.com/conjugate/necesitar

April 3, 2019


Omg sad mistake lol

April 5, 2019


I said necesitas ayuda, why is that not correct?

April 10, 2019


"Necesitas" implies "Tú" (informal you), which doesn't agree with the formal "Sir" in the English sentence.

"Necesita" can imply "Usted" (formal you).

April 11, 2019


Okay, thank you :)

April 11, 2019


Why it didn't take Señor, necesitas ayuda?

April 13, 2019


How is it necesita???

April 18, 2019


Why is it necesita instead of necesitas? I thought you used necesitas when you were talking to someone, like "You need". I also thought necesita was used when you were talking about someone, like "he needs"

May 7, 2019


Marked incorrect for answering right. This is wrong.

May 20, 2019


how do you know when to put the usted at the end of the sentence or in the middle?

May 29, 2019


My word list covers my chose words> I can't read my sentence to edit. Suggestions?

May 30, 2019


In reality saying "Señor, necesitas ayuda" is perfectly valid and acceptable in every day language...used it plenty myself and it's not considered rude nowadays. Silly that the app considers it wrong.

June 1, 2019


I would like to understand the use o "usted" more clearly. Any suggestions?

June 11, 2019


Why isn't it necesitas?

June 13, 2019


Instead of Señor, ¿usted necesita ayuda? Can i not say Señor, ¿necesitas ayuda? as an alternative?

June 18, 2019


This is nonsense. I have been living in Costa Rica for 3 years and it is perfectly acceptable to say simply, señor, necisitas ayudar...the do you need or you need conjugation is necisitas, at least in Latin America in my experience, specifically, Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica.

June 20, 2019


This confused me

June 24, 2019


What is wrong with this

July 13, 2019


How do I know if you want tu or usted form?

July 18, 2019


Why can't it be " Señor, necesitas ayuda?"

July 20, 2019


It's the usted vs tú distinction.

In English, it would sound odd to say "Sir, wanna grab a bite to eat?" for the same reason: it's addressing someone formally and then speaking to them informally.

July 20, 2019


why say necesita and not necesitas for usted?

August 3, 2019


I understand the need for Usted and instead of Tú, but usually I can skip the noun (Tú, Yo, et al) and simply put the conjugated verb. Is that not an option when using Usted?

August 13, 2019


What is wrong with "Señor, necesitas ayuda?

August 15, 2019


I got it wrong but not for putting necesitas instead of necesita which I understand but it says requiere which is a word we haven't even learned.

August 18, 2019


Senor, necesitas ayuda? Why is this not right?

August 20, 2019


I never know where to put usted

August 20, 2019


Why not necesitas? As it ha tu in the sentence....

August 21, 2019


I just read through all this and only one other person asked what I was wondering (and they didn't get an answer. LOL) So, why can't it be: Señor, ¿necesita ayuda? I'm pretty sure I've seen other instances where the usted is left off. Thank you for any insight into this!

August 22, 2019


in spain, senor, le puedo ayudar is more common.

August 29, 2019


I am trying to learn the language as used in Spain rather than South American is the app mainly Spanish as spoken in South America rather than Spain

August 29, 2019


Why does the word order change for Senor and Senora? For Senora, it is necesita usted ayuda

September 2, 2019


i wrote: "Senor, ¿necesita usted ayuda?" and it was correct.

September 7, 2019


Would ¨Señor, ¿necesitas ayuda?¨ work? Duolingo said it wasn't correct.

September 10, 2019


I don't really like the "format" that Duolingo prefers to use: years ago, I learned that questions, in Spanish, have a proper and specific format.

"...necesita usted ayuda?"

October 11, 2019


How to write upside down '?'

July 15, 2018


I do my lessons on my phone and all the characters I need to type in Spanish are all there. However, I know most probably do their lessons on their home computer. The link from Microsoft to change the language of your keyboard is here


It might be different for Mac users so just look in your system options or look it up on the Apple/Mac home page.

To type using your phone is different for each. My phone is an Android. By holding each letter down, I am given a row of letter options, various accents above each letter. For the upside down '?' I actually have to access a different screen. The button looks like '12#' on my phone. It will likely be different for each depending on too many factors to list. A simple Google search on your phone model and possibly which system version is running should give you the results you need.

Good luck!

July 15, 2018


I don't know how to get an upside down question mark on my Mac computer (I use the alternative characters below the sentence/phrase or cut and paste), but I can get the ñ by holding down "n" - a little window appears with "ñ" with a "1" below it and "ń" with a "2" below it. While still holding down "n", I strike the "1" on my keyboard and "ñ" appears in my text. To get the accent over an o or an i or whatever, I hold down the vowel and strike the proper number shown in the little window which pops up. Or, of course, if I'm doing DL, the line of alternative characters shows up under the material to be translated or written from dictation.

October 30, 2018


It is in the commands under the block where you can type text, appearing as small clickable tiles.

May 14, 2019
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