In this post, we will talk about the two words with the meaning of ‘must’, and there differences. We also going to talk about how to say ‘to need to’ in Chinese.
Must/to have to
- 必须 bì xū: (formal) something that is compulsory for one to obey
Nǐ bì xū zūn shǒu jiāo tōng guī zé
You must follow traffic rules.
Nǐ bì xū bǎ zuò yè zuò wán
You must finish your homework.
nǐ bì xū gěi diǎn zàn
You must click ‘like’ for Chelsea.
2. 一定 yí dìng: (neutral) one sided thinking something is going to happen, but less certainty than 必须.
Zhè cì miàn shì yí dìng yào chéng gōng
这次面试一定要 成 功
(I) must succeed the interview this time.
Xióng xiān shēng, nǐ yí dìng yào péi wǒ qù tài guó
Mr Bear, you must accompany me to Thailand.
To need to:
- 需要 xū yào
wǒ xū yào mǎi yá shuā
I need to buy toothbrush
wǒ xū yào qián
I need money
Wǒ xū yào shàng xǐ shǒu jiān
我需要 上 洗 手 间
I need to go to the toilet/washroom