To express need in French you can use avoir besoin de (Literally: to have need of [something]) in the following ways:

avoir besoin de [quelque chose] = to need [something]

J'ai besoin de repos.I need rest.

Nous avons besoin de nos parents.We need our parents.

Guillaume a besoin d'un crayon bleu.Guillaume needs a blue pencil.

To express to need + [noun], you will use :

avoir besoin de/d' + (article) + noun

avoir besoin de [infinitif] to need [to do]

Elle a besoin de faire ses devoirs.She needs to do her homework.

Est-ce que tu as besoin de manger quelque chose ?Do you need to eat something?

Alain a besoin d'aller aux toilettes !Alain needs to go to the toilet!

To express to need + [verb], you will use the infinitive form of the verb, as such:

avoir besoin de/d' + infinitive
 
In both cases, de becomes d' in front of a vowel or mute h.

To know when to use avoir besoin de,
see Devoir vs avoir besoin de to express "to need to" 

 

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Alain a besoin d'aller aux toilettes !Alain needs to go to the toilet!
Nous avons besoin de nos parents.We need our parents.
Est-ce que tu as besoin de manger quelque chose ?Do you need to eat something?
Pas besoin de me remercier !No need to thank me!

Examples - to need to


J'ai besoin de faire les courses.I need to go shopping.

to need


Guillaume a besoin d'un crayon bleu.Guillaume needs a blue pencil.
J'ai besoin de repos.I need rest.

to need to


Elle a besoin de faire ses devoirs.She needs to do her homework.
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