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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