21.2.6 nicht brauchen = not need to


  brauchen = to need
Brauchen is normally not a modal verb in German. It is a normal full verb meaning to need.
  Ich brauche eine Hose.
= I need some trousers.
 
But nicht brauchen is used as a modal verb to express not need to / not have to
  Du brauchst es nicht zu machen, wenn du nicht willst.
= You don't need to do it, if you don't want it.
= You don't have to do it, if you don't want it.






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