|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.|
= 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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