Spanish verbs: Necesitar

spanish verbs necesitar

You probably don’t remember when you were a baby and began to say whatever you can to express your needs. Still, I bet you have seen other babies and even animals do it. Expressing our needs is an everyday task everybody should do. And, if you’re learning Spanish, using Necesitar is essential to get the job done. The Spanish word Necesitar is in the top 5 verbs every Spanish learner should add to their toolbox. Therefore, today we will teach you how to use it.


How to use Necesitar


The Spanish verb necesitar is simple to use. Often, we use it together with another verb when we want to express what someone or us need “to do”. We can conjugate necesitar in the indicative form, the imperative, or the subjunctive. Still,  the tense you will use will depend on what you want to say. We don’t want you to get bored with just conjugations. Thus, we will just tell you how to conjugate Necesitar in the present tense using the indicative form.


Learning how to conjugate necesitar in the present tense is a great first step to moving forward and becoming better at speaking Spanish. That will also provide you with everything you need to learn faster and begin to get the best out of this fantastic language. Please, look at Necesitar conjugations in the present tense. If you already know how to do it, you can go to the next section.


Necesitar = Need

Yo necesito = I need

Tú necesitas = You need

Él/ Ella/ Usted necesita = He/ She needs

Nosotros necesitamos = We need

Vosotros necesitáis

Ellos/ Ellas/ Ustedes necesitan = They need


Necesitar + Infinitive


The main formula we use to express when you need “to do something” is shown below


Subject + Necesitar (Indicative) + Verb (Infinitive) + Complement


As you may see, we use two verbs. The first verb is necesitar in the indicative form. The second verb must go in the infinitive form. Sometimes, the subject may be implicit in necesitar’s conjugation. Let’s see some examples


Yo necesito hablar ahora. / I need to talk now.


Sergio necesita trabajar. / Sergio needs to work.


Tú necesitas venir a la oficina./ You need to come to the office.

Necesitamos comer bien. / We need to eat well.


Ustedes necesitan hacer una reservación antes de ir al Hotel /

You need to make a reservation before going to the Hotel


Another way to use necesitar is when you want to express that you or someone “needs something”. To do it, you only need to use a noun after necesitar. Let’s look at the examples below.


Necesito dinero para el viaje. / I need money for the trip.


Necesitamos un coche nuevo. / We need a new car.


Ellas necesitan unos vestidos elegantes. / They need some elegant dresses.


In some cases, you may use necesitar as an equivalent to “Tener que”. Generally, we do it when we want to talk about to-do tasks. Let’s look at the following examples.


Tengo que comer antes de hacer ejercicios / I have to eat before working out


Necesito comer antes de hacer ejercicios  / I need to eat before working out


How to give orders using Necesitar


Giving commands using necesitar isn’t that common at all. Still, you must know that it’s possible. In general, we use the indicative form but we add exclamations marks to catch everybody’s attention. For example, if we say “¡Necesitamos cambiar de trabajo!” (We need to change jobs!), it’s highly probable that someone will hear us expressing our needs.


If you want to give someone an advice you can also use the indicative form. For example, if you say “Necesitas estudiar mas” (You need to study more). Yet, when we use the imperative form, we conjugate necesitar in a different way. Since it isn’t common to give orders using necesitar, it might sound awkward in English as well as in Spanish. Grammatically, it’s correct but just may sound like something’s off. Here are some examples.



¡Necesita hacer la tarea! /You need to do your homework! (Tú/ you)


¡Necesite a su familia!/ Need your family! (Usted)


¡Necesitemos aprender a cocinar! / We need to learn to cook! (Nosotros/ We)


¡Necesiten un libro para la escuela! / Need a book for school! (Ustedes)


In summary, you can add necesitar to your toolbox just by learning how to conjugate it using the present tense. However, if you want to be two steps ahead, you should learn how to conjugate necesitar using el preterito perfecto and el futuro simple. On the other hand, learning other verbs to use together with necesitar is also a good idea. Never stop learning. It’s what gives life a meaning and will help you stand out in any environment.


Activities click here

Related Posts

AP Spanish Language Practice

Looking to improve your Spanish skills to take your AP exam? Getting the highest score is just a click away! Find the best AP Spanish

English vs Spanish Language

Are you an English speaker and looking to learn Spanish? As siblings descended from Romance languages, they naturally share similarities. Check them out in our

French and Spanish Language Comparison

Do you wanna know how the two most passionate languages are similar? Let’s talk about the differences and similarities between these romance languages! Welcome to

When did Kobe Learn Spanish

Loving father, ideal husband, amazing man, successful Lakers player, businessman, and he also speaks Spanish! Do you know who he is? How could he do

ALTA Spanish Language Test Questions

Are you taking your ALTA language exam? Don’t let it catch you off guard. Check out the ALTA Spanish Language Test Questions for your high

I Hate the Spanish Language

Do you think Spanish is a beautiful and linguistically rich language? What about the negative opinions that hinder your choice to learn it as a

Get a Certificate in French Language

If you ask yourself why should you take the certification course in French, we’ll help you decide in which cases is useful and in which

What does “Doux” mean in French?

Discover the meaning of “doux” in French and its various uses. Learn how to use this common word in everyday conversation and improve your French

Need in French: Avoir Besoin

It’s in the human need to have needs, right? Learning how to express your needs in French is by all means an important step in

German riddles

Looking for some fun ways to practice your German language skills? Check out our collection of German riddles and tongue twisters! Test your wit and

Cheers in French: 8 happy ways to say it

Celebrate in French style! This blog showcases 8 happy ways to say “cheers” in French, perfect for impressing your French-speaking friends. Santé! How to say

Different Ways to Use Fois in French

Fois is a very common French word, used in different contexts. English speakers oftentimes confuse it with the word “temps”. In this lesson, you’ll learn

Funniest French jokes

In this article, we will share some of the funniest French jokes  that will have you laughing out loud. Let’s get started! Funniest French jokes

Funniest Spanish jokes

¡Hola! You’re in for a treat if you love to laugh and speak Spanish. We’ve compiled a list of the funniest Spanish jokes that will

Jokes about French

In this article, we’ll explore the humorous side of French culture through a collection of jokes about French. Let’s get started! Jokes about French Welcome

News in French: free resources

In this article, we will explore a variety of websites, podcasts, TV channels, and other resources that you can use to stay informed about news

Short German jokes

Laugh your way through language learning with our collection of short German jokes. Discover the funniest puns, one-liners, and more in our guide! German humor

The basic Spanish hand gestures

In this blog post, we will explore the most important Spanish hand gestures, and their meanings, providing a guide to effectively communicate with Spanish speakers

Beautiful French words with meaning

Discover the beauty of the French language by learning its meanings. Learn the beautiful French words and its meaning. Beautiful French words A lot of

How do you say “good” in French?

Learn how to say “good” in French with our easy guide. Perfect for beginners and travelers looking to improve their language skills. “Good” in French

How to say “Cat” in French

How to say cat in French? What’s the word for a kitten in French? Learn more about the basic terminologies of our favorite fur pet

Learn French with PDF resources

Do you know that you can learn French with PDF resources? In this article, we will explore the advantages of using PDF resources to learn

Funny French jokes

Welcome to our article on Funny French jokes! Are you ready to simultaneously laugh and learn a little bit about French culture? French humor can

Funny German jokes

Welcome to our article on Funny German jokes! Get ready to chuckle at some of the funniest German jokes. German jokes Germany has a rich

Quotes in France by famous people

In this article, we will explore some of the most memorable and inspiring quotes in France from French people that have been passed down through

Quotes in Spain by famous people

In today’s post, you’ll learn some famous quotes in Spain by famous people. Quotes in Spain Spain has a rich cultural history and has produced

Best German proverbs

This article will explore some of the most popular German proverbs and delve into their meanings and origins. Check this out! German proverbs German proverbs

French Riddles

Learning some French riddles and playing with a French-speaking friend are great ways to practice if you know a little French. French riddles A good

How to translate Good Evening in French

Welcome to our article on translating “Good Evening” into French! Suppose you’re planning a trip to a French-speaking country or want to impress your friends

Some facts about the French mafia

Let’s discover some facts about the French mafia. facts about the French mafia The French Mafia is one of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations.

Some facts about the Spanish mafia

Let’s discover some facts about the Spanish mafia. Facts about the Spanish mafia The Spanish mafia is one of the most active and widespread criminal

Some facts about the German mafia

Let’s discover some facts about the German mafia.  Facts about the German mafia The German Mafia (; Maffia; from Italian mafiusi, “clan”) is a criminal