How to say need (avere bisogno): Italian grammar lesson 24

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How to say need in Italian: avere bisogno di and bisognare

The English verb “need” is often translated in Italian with either the impersonal verb bisognare or the verbal expression avere bisogno di: avere + bisogno + di + noun/verb.

Let’s take a closer look at the differences between the two.

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Bisognare: meaning, when to use and examples

Bisognare is exclusively used as an impersonal verb (meaning that it does not need a grammatical subject).

It exists just in simple tenses (simple future, simple conditional, etc..) and is used only in the third person singular: bisogna.

An infinite verb always follows it when the subject is not identified.

to need in italian

Let’s look at some sentences to see when it’s suitable to use the verb bisognare.

  • To express a need or an obligation for some action to be performed, when there is no subject (it refers to a general rule or something that applies to everyone).
    In this case, bisognare is followed by a verb in the infinitive form:

Bisogna fare silenzio al cinema durante il film.

It is necessary to be quiet at the cinema during the movie.

  • To express a need or an obligation for some action to be performed, when a subject is determined. In this case, bisognare is followed by che + subjunctive

Bisogna che gli studenti si impegnino di più.

It is necessary that the students work harder.

bisogno italian to english

Avere bisogno di: meaning, when to use and examples

The verbal expression avere bisogno di can be broken down as follows:

The verb avere: it is conjugated as usual according to the mood and tense which fit the sentence

+ the noun bisogno

+ preposition di

+ a noun the indicates the object or person that is needed or a verb in the infinitive form that indicates the action that needs to be performed.

how to say i need in italian

Note on the verb avere: like other frequently used verbs, avere is an irregular verb, meaning that it does not follow the same pattern as other second conjugation verbs and presents many different forms for each tense.

Note on the preposition di: when di is followed by a verb (in the infinitive form), it is always left as is.

For nouns instead, it might be left as is or conjugated according to the noun immediately following it.

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It is left as is if the noun requires no article or if it requires an indefinite article. It is conjugated if the noun requires a definitive article.

In that case, one of the following seven forms are used: del, dello, dei, degli, della, delle, or dell’.

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Avere bisogno di: Examples

How to use bisogno in Italian?

How to say “I need” in Italian?

Let’s look at some sentences to see when it’s suitable to use the expression avere bisogno di.

  • With a noun, to express the need for something (physical)

Ho bisogno di una macchina nuova.

I need a new car.

  • With a noun, to express the need for something (abstract or metaphorical)

Noi abbiamo bisogno del tuo aiuto.

We need your help.

  • With a verb, to express the need to do something

Ho bisogno di fare una vacanza.

I need to go on a vacation.

  • With the pronouns me/te/lui/lei/noi/voi/loro.

Hai bisogno di me?

Do you need me? (= do you need my help?)

italian verb to need

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