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Do "don’t need to" and "needn’t" mean the same or not? This is a question from an English test:

We’ve got plenty of time. We ... hurry.

  1. don’t need to

  2. needn’t

What's the right answer?

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don't need to = do not need to

needn't = need not

They effectively mean the same thing, so either one is correct. If in doubt, expand all the contractions.

We do not need to hurry

We need not hurry

the negation is just in front for the first, and behind for the second

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