'You don't have to'

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Kwiziq community member

24 July 2017

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'You don't have to'

Something I've always struggled with in France is when I don't want to say 'You must not', but rather 'You don't have to', for example: I don't want to say, 'You must not come straight away', but rather, 'You don't have to come straight away'. Can somebody point me to a good lesson on this, or let me know how to do it?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Il faut : expressing necessity and obligation"


Kwiziq community member

25 July 2017


Il ne faut pas de venir tout de suite or il n'est pas nécessaire de venir tout de suite. This would be two options that I have read that would seem to suffice. Pardon any misspelling. J'espère que cela vous aidera


Kwiziq language super star

24 December 2018


Hi John,

In the case of - You don't need to come straight away- you could also say:

"Tu n'as pas besoin de venir tout de suite."


"Ce n'est pas la peine que tu viennes tout de suite."

Hope this helps!

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