In expressing need, when would one use, "avoir envie de," and when, "avoir besoin de?"

Susan

Kwiziq community member

23 September 2016

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In expressing need, when would one use, "avoir envie de," and when, "avoir besoin de?"

This question relates to:
French lesson "Avoir envie de = To feel like, want to"

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

24 September 2016

24/09/16

Bonjour Susan, To express need, you'd only use avoir besoin de, which means "to need." Avoir envie de means "to want."

Susan

Kwiziq community member

25 September 2016

25/09/16

Thanks for the clarification.

Johanna

Kwiziq community member

3 January 2019

3/01/19

But you used avoir  envie de with need to go to the toilet.  Why not j’ai besoin d’aller aux toilettes?

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