Lesson 28: Need – present tense

Lesson 28: Need – present tense


Present Tense

I need _______
We need _____
You need ______
You need _____

He needs _____

She needs _____

It needs _____

They need _____

The verb “need” requires an object or an infinitive after it:

  • I need some coffee. (The word “coffee” is an object.)
  • She needs a ride. (The word “ride” is an object.)
  • We need to go home. (“To go” is an infinitive.)

Present Tense – negative

I don’t need _____
We don’t need ____
You don’t need ____
You don’t need ____

He doesn’t need____

She doesn’t need ____

It doesn’t need ____

They don’t need ____

Remember: You must have an object or an infinitive after “need.”

  • They don’t need a new car . (The word “car” is a noun that functions as an object in this sentence.)
  • She doesn’t need to work tomorrow. (“To work” is an infinitive.)
  • This flashlight doesn’t need batteries. (The word “need” is often used with things. It doesn’t need batteries.)

The verb “need” is often used in questions:

  • Is there something that you need?
  • What does he need to do today?
  • Do you need anything from the store?
  • Why do you need to work on Saturday?
  • Will I need to wear a jacket today?

Here’s a video for the verb “need.”

Here are some examples:

  • A: What do you need from the store?
  • B: I need some bread.

or ….

  • B: I need to get some bread.


  • A: Does he need to go to school today?
  • B: Yes, he needs to go to school.

or ….

  • B: Yes, he does.
  • B: Yes, he needs. (Don’t make a sentence like this!)


  • A:How many potatoes do we need?
  • B: We need at least ten potatoes.
  • How much lettuce do we need?
  • We need three heads of lettuce.




Directions: Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verb “need.” Some questions require “do” or “does.”
What _______ he _________ ?
He ________ a pencil.
______ you ________ any help?
I ________ ________ this. (negative)
Who _________ more to eat?
This flashlight _________ batteries.
The students _________ books.
I _______ ________ to go to work today. (negative)
When _______ they ________ to leave?
My car __________ an oil change.


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