070 – I need – Мне нужно, мне надо

To say that someone needs something Russians use a special construction:

a pronoun in the Dative + ну́жно / на́до

На́до is a bit stronger than ну́жно. It’s more preferable to use ну́жно in the formal tone, in other cases they are interchangable.


Мне на́до в апте́ку купи́ть лека́рство.
I need to go to the pharmacy to buy medicine.

Что тебе́́ от меня́́ на́́до?
What do you need from me? (a bit rude)

Что тебе́́ от меня́́ ну́жно?
What do you need from me? (softer)

Вам что-нибу́дь ну́жно?
Do you need anything?

Тебе ну́жно показа́ться врачу́.
You need to visit a doctor.

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