Take the 2-minute tour ×
Spanish Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the Spanish language. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I believe that they both mean to "require." But do they refer to different "degrees" (urgencies) or types of requirments?

Can they be used interchangeably or is one more suitable in some contexts and the other more suitable in other contexts?

share|improve this question
add comment

2 Answers

up vote 7 down vote accepted

You're right both mean mean to require in a certain way, acording to RAE one of the meanings of requerir is necesitar (to need), the way I've seen it being used is when asking for something or stating a need, but in a way like "requesting", while exigir (according to RAE) is more "urgent" or "strong" if you will, like demanding/commanding or giving an order. Sometimes both can be used in the same context, but you could say requerir is softer/more polite (and if it's to used in casual conversation, should be preferred if you're not too familiar with the other person) so you should use it in situations where you are requesting, while exigir should be used when you're demanding something (often with a certain authoritarian sense).

share|improve this answer
add comment

Requerir is used more on an context where the subjects wants or needs something but is not neccesaraly mandatory. Exigir is most likely used when the subject demands something.

Requiero unas vacaciones: I need some vacations.

Exijo una explicación: I demand an explanation.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.