"Wij hoeven niet te betalen."

Translation:We do not need to pay.

November 25, 2014



From what I understood, hoeven means need in a way that someone needs (has) to do something. It doesn't have the same meaning as hebben nodig, right?

November 25, 2014


In some sentences, "hoeven" and "nodig hebben" can be interchangeable, but often they are not. The differences are mostly in usage, not meaning.

  • Hoeven is only ever used with negations ("niet", "geen", "nooit" etc). That is not the case for "nodig hebben".
  • Nodig hebben is only used with nouns, not with verbs. "Hoeven" can be used with either.
  • Moeten is used when there is a verb, but no negation.

Some examples:

  • I need a book - Ik heb een boek nodig (no negation, noun)
  • I need to walk - Ik moet lopen (no negation, verb)
  • I do not have to walk - Ik hoef niet te lopen (negation, verb)
  • I do not need a book - Ik hoef geen boek OR Ik heb geen boek nodig (negation, noun)
November 25, 2014


That's a very clear explanation. Thanks Simius :)

November 25, 2014


thanks for clear it up!

December 18, 2014


Quick note: "Hoeven" is not among the listed modals in the "Tips and Notes" for "Modal verbs"

May 5, 2015


Do I understand correctly that when using "moet" instead of "hoef" we do not need to use "te"?

May 2, 2018
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