Duolingo is the most popular way to learn languages in the world. Best of all, it's 100% free!

https://www.duolingo.com/nkn15

Tener que, deber, necesitar

I know that these all have different meanings (based on the importance of what you're doing), but does anyone have examples to help? Like, what would I use for "I have to go" and "I have to do homework"? Thanks.

3
3 years ago

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/mandyturtle

tengo que ir= I have to go . debo ir= I must go. debería ir= I should go. necesito ir= I need to go. all are correct , just like in English it's just expressing various levels of obligation, so depending on the situation (how bad do you have to go?) you can decide what's best to use

2
Reply13 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nkn15

Ok, thanks everyone!

0
Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/frankenstein724
frankenstein724
  • 17
  • 13
  • 12
  • 9
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • 2

As everyone has mentioned, they all do have more or less different direct translations in English, but where I'm going to somewhat differ from everyone else is to say not to worry too much about the differences. Sure, they have different nuanced levels of need, but it's all kind of relative anyway, a native speaker listening to you speak does not have a rigid set of boundaries in their head as to when to use each one any more than you do for English. Nobody hears "I must go" only to start analyzing "He said 'must' instead of 'should', hmmmm..."

2
Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NesQuikHP

tengo que = I have to debo de = I must necesito = I need Tengo que o tener que is priority or something that you really have to do I have to go = tengo que ir I have to do homework = Tengo que hacer la tarea debo de, is like Tengo que but with less importance. Debo de ir al gym si quiero perder peso = I must go to the gym if I want lose weight. Necesitar means something necessary. Necesito hablar contigo urgentemente = I need speak with you urgently

1
Reply13 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlejoPF
AlejoPF
  • 12
  • 9
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 6
  • 4
  • 3

For expressing obligation the correct way is deber + infinitive. Deber de + infinitive expresses assumption. http://www.fundeu.es/recomendacion/deber-de-no-indica-obligacion-410/

6
Reply13 years ago