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Necessary

October 7, 2014 – Word of the Day:  necessary

 

When something is important or required, we say that it’s necessary. You need to do something, and if you don’t do it, there could be a negative consequence:

  • It’s necessary to learn English if you live in the United States or do business with a company in the United States.
  • Filling out this paperwork is necessary if you want to get your rebate. (rebate = refund)
  • Is this necessary? Do I need to do this?
  • I don’t think this is necessary.
  • It’s necessary to wear a heavy coat during the winter.

She’s wearing a heavy coat.

The word "necessary" is an adjective. It’s often used with the negative form of the verb "be."

  • We found out that it wasn’t necessary to do all that work.
  • These extra options for the car aren’t necessary, so let’s not get them.
  • A coat won’t be necessary today. It’s going to be warm.
  • All that salt in the recipe isn’t necessary. You can reduce it by half.

The adverb form is a little difficult to use and pronounce. In a sentence it looks like this:

  • This isn’t necessarily the truth.
  • She doesn’t necessarily need to do that.

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