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

Susan C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

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

Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq team memberCorrect answer
Bonjour Susan,

To express need, you'd only use avoir besoin de, which means "to need."

Avoir envie de means "to want."
Susan C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Thanks for the clarification.
JohannaA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

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

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

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