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Chillenoutkr
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Santa Clarita , CA
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Apr 28, 2018 at 12:46pm

je besoin de and je dois pretty much means the same thing so how can you tell which one to use.

andy@fluenz
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Apr 28, 2018 at 4:07pm

"J'ai besoin" means "I need" whereas "Je dois" means "I must"

Chillenoutkr
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Apr 28, 2018 at 9:25pm

I know that. in the below examples need and must are basically used in the same way. in English we don't normally say I must have that, You must go there, They must buy something, We must do something, We must see something etc. We say I need to have that, You need to go there, , They need to buy something, we need to do something etc. So I wanted to know if there was a rule in French where you had to use dois in certain circumatances and j'ai besoin de in others.

Devinez qui
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Apr 29, 2018 at 8:16am

In English one would say " I need eggs " not " I must eggs ". That's basically the difference.

Chillenoutkr
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Apr 29, 2018 at 2:10pm

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Emilie Poyet
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May 18, 2018 at 7:25am

On the one hand, it's true that we have the same difference as in English: Need/Avoir besoin de can be used with nouns (J'ai besoin d'eau/I need water) while must/devoir can't, it's always followed by a verb, as in: Je dois travailler/I must work OR I have to work ("have to" has no equivalent in French, the most common way is to use "devoir".
On the other hand, Avoir besoin de/Need can also be used with verbs, as in: J'ai besoin de dormir /I need to sleep.
So to sum up I'd say that:
Avoir besoin de = To need
Devoir = Must/ To have to
Hope it clarifies a bit :)

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