1. Hermes Trismegistus Member

    Are there any difference of meaning in that sentence?

    Necesse est tibi dormire.
    Necesse est te dormire.
  2. Pacifica grammaticissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Perhaps the first one emphasizes more that it's something necessary for you, the necessity or obligation affects you more particularly, whereas the second one states more generally that you sleeping is something necessary, something that must happen.
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  3. aegor magister

    • Civis Illustris
    Literal translations:

    "It is necessary for you to sleep."
    "It is necessary that you sleep."

    As in English, the first distinguishes more between the person for whom the action is necessary and the action itself; the second takes the two more closely as a unit. The effect is as Pacifica describes.
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