Must/to have to, and to need to

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

  1. 必须 bì xū: (formal) something that is compulsory for one to obey

Nǐ bì xū zūn shǒu jiāo tōng guī zé
你必须遵守交通规则

You must follow traffic rules. 

Nǐ bì xū bǎ zuò yè zuò wán
你必须把作业做完

You must finish your homework. 

nǐ bì xū gěi diǎn zàn
你必须给Chelsea点赞

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
熊先生,你一定要陪我去泰国

Mr Bear, you must accompany me to Thailand. 

To need to:

  1. 需要 xū yào

wǒ xū yào mǎi yá shuā
我需要买牙刷

I need to buy toothbrush

wǒ xū yào qián
我需要钱

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

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