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18:25 Sep 25, 2000
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
French term or phrase:Il me faut du riz, des legumes, et du pain.
I need some rice, vegetables and some bread. I have to get some...
Explanation: Il me faut du...+ noun = I need, I have to get
This structure with 'falloir' is used in everyday situations and is pretty much synonymous with 'avoir besoin de'(literally 'have need of sthng').
In such contexts, 'falloir' is always expressed in the 3rd person, thus 'il faut'(literally, 'it is necessary'). If a particular person is concerned, is expressing a need or a necessity, then you stick the pronoun between 'il' and 'faut'. So,
il me faut OR j'ai besoin de
il te faut OR tu as besoin de
il lui faut OR il/elle a besoin de
il nous faut OR nous avons besoin de
il vous faut OR vous avez besoin de
il leur faut OR ils/elles ont besoin de