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When you’re a beginner at any language, you want to learn some useful words and grammatical structures that can help you get speaking. In a new series here, we’ll be looking at some power verbs in Spanish. First up, we’ll practice using the verb necesitar (to need). Whether you’re in Spain, Argentina, or Mexico, being able to express your needs is very important!
For simplicity’s sake, we’re going to just focus on the simple present in these posts. Once you get the hang of it, you can branch out and start to learn different tenses in Spanish. Here’s the simple present conjugation for necesitar:
As is usually the case, you can drop the words yo, tú, and nosotros, as they are implied in the conjugated form of the verb. As such, you can just say “necesito” to express “I need” or simply say “necesitamos” to express “we need.” With the forms necesita and necesitan, you might want to include the personal pronoun for clarity.
Let’s look at how to make positive statements using the verb necesitar. Here are a few examples in Spanish with the English translation:
Give it a try and see if you can make a few positive statements expressing needs. Now let’s move on to the negative.
To make a negative statement, simply add “no” before the correct form of necesitar. Here are a few examples:
Now it’s your turn! Try and write a handful of negative statements using the verb necesitar. Before we finish, let’s take a look at how to ask questions using this power verb.
To ask a yes/no question meaning “Do you need…?”, you simply add a question mark to the end of a positive statement and alter the tone of your voice. You know, kind of like Ron Burgundy in “Anchorman” when someone slips a question mark onto the teleprompter:
Here are a few examples of simple yes/no questions:
Now let’s look at a few other examples of questions to see how they are structured:
See if you can form a few yes/no questions as well as some others using what, when, or where. While you’re at it, make sure you’re at least learning a new Spanish word every day. After talking about needs, we’ll take a look at the Spanish power verb meaning “to want” next time.