J’ai envie d’une nouvelle voiture ...surely that can mean BOTH I want a new car & i need a new car. My car is 24 years old ...I NEED a new car...

MarnieC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

J’ai envie d’une nouvelle voiture ...surely that can mean BOTH I want a new car & i need a new car. My car is 24 years old ...I NEED a new car...

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Marnie,

'J'ai envie d'une nouvelle voiture' means, 'I feel like (having) a new car'. Here, it is a wish rather than a need. 

If you car is 24 years old and you feel you are in need of a new car you will say. "J'ai besoin de changer ma voiture'" or something like "Il faut (absolument) que je change ma voiture." which is a bit stronger.

Hope this helps!

MarnieC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Oh now I see...I need a new car would be ‘j’ai besoin d’acheter une nouvelle voiture’!
MarnieC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
actually i do not understand.  For me it would be useful to know how often avoir envie de is used to mean ´need’ and in what context.  How is it different from ´avoir besoin dé’ .  And when does one use n’avoir envie dque ´ and when to use expressions with ´vouloir’.
MarnieC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
But you give ´I need a new’ something in the lesson.  Perhaps that usage could be removed....?  Merci.
CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Marnie,

I can understand your wish to remove avoir envie de to mean a 'need or want to go' as you find it confusing but it is one of the meanings of 'avoir envie de' which could be very useful to anyone finding him or herself in a French speaking hospital, for instance.

Avoir envie d'uriner/d'aller à la selle = To have an urge to urinate/defecate

conveys an express need for bodily functions.

 

MarnieC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Thanks for clarifying...I didn’t want to remove it ...just to understand the nuances and raison d’etre For its use!
MarnieC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
The use/différence hadn’t been explained...now it is clear.
JohannaA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I had the same question 

J’ai envie d’une nouvelle voiture ...surely that can mean BOTH I want a new car & i need a new car. My car is 24 years old ...I NEED a new car...

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