Using necesitar in El Presente to express a need (to do something)

We use the verb necesitar + infinitivo in order to express a need. When it is followed by the infinitive, you are expressing that someone needs to do [something].

Read and listen to these examples with necesitar in El Presente:

Yo necesito hablar ahora.
I need to talk now.

necesitas venir a la oficina.
You need to come to the office.

Sergio necesita trabajar.
Sergio needs to work.

Nosotros necesitamos comer bien.
We need to eat well.

Vosotros necesitáis escribir con el bolígrafo.
You need to write with the pen. (You plural informal.)

Mis amigos necesitan aprobar los exámenes.
My friends need to pass their exams.

You can also express that someone needs something. In this case, the verb necesitar will be followed by a noun.

Here are some examples:

Necesito dinero para el viaje.
I need money for the trip.

Necesitamos un coche nuevo.
We need a new car.

Ellas necesitan unos vestidos elegantes.
They need some smart dresses.

See also Verbo modal and Verbos regulares -ar (presente)

Examples and resources

Necesitamos un coche nuevo.
We need a new car.


necesitas venir a la oficina.
You need to come to the office.


Mis amigos necesitan aprobar los exámenes.
My friends need to pass their exams.


Yo necesito hablar ahora.
I need to talk now.


Vosotros necesitáis escribir con el bolígrafo.
You need to write with the pen. (You plural informal.)


Ellas necesitan unos vestidos elegantes.
They need some smart dresses.


Nosotros necesitamos comer bien.
We need to eat well.


Necesito dinero para el viaje.
I need money for the trip.


Sergio necesita trabajar.
Sergio needs to work.


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