Another word I looked at in The Proper Way to Say Goodbye is NEED. Sometimes I didn’t need it. Sometimes I could replace it with something less formal.
Here are my examples.
-Kevin and I decided we need to have a family discussion.
Actually they decided TO have the discussion, so I cut the WE NEED. Totally unnecessary.
-I need to catch upon my sleep.
-You need to read these.
With both of these I changed the NEED TO to SHOULD. It’s dialogue and is a little less formal.
-Um, what did you need to see me about?
I changed the NEED to WANT. Sometimes you need to specifically use NEED versus WANT. But this time either worked. In those cases when it didn’t matter, I used WANT for Chloe and NEED for Sasha.
So this isn’t a huge issue, but it’s one more thing to look at if you want to clean things up.