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    Please explain to me the bold parts of these sentences:
    1.Why don't you use the carving knife? It needs being sharpen.
    2.John is a cousin to me.
    They are in my test yesterday, the bold parts are the correct answers among four choices and I chose wrong answers.
    Please reply soon. Thank you so much.

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    The bold in the first question is wrong/not used often in English. The correct answer would be, it needs to be sharpened.

    The second question is correct, but a bad sentence. This sentence can be interpreted two different ways.

    The first being that John is so close to you that you feel as though he is your cousin, when technically not. Note: Usually Americans use people from their immediate family. Aka brother, sister, mother or father...

    The second is that John is literally a cousin of yours. The "to me" basically means exactly what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ha179 View Post
    Please explain to me the bold parts of these sentences:
    1.Why don't you use the carving knife? It needs being sharpen.
    2.John is a cousin to me.
    They are in my test yesterday, the bold parts are the correct answers among four choices and I chose wrong answers.
    Please reply soon. Thank you so much.
    The best answer answer for 2. is "John is a cousin of mine". If you had that, you were right.

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    Would the first question be right? In the United States, we barely use that phrase, though I believe I saw that type of sentence in Gothic Romance literature...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ha179 View Post
    Please explain to me the bold parts of these sentences:
    1.Why don't you use the carving knife? It needs being sharpen.
    2.John is a cousin to me.
    They are in my test yesterday, the bold parts are the correct answers among four choices and I chose wrong answers.
    Please reply soon. Thank you so much.
    Hi!

    I'm not a teacher.

    In the first sentence you may also say: It needs sharpening, the way you say: My hair needs cutting; The car needs washing.

    In this construction the verb to need means 'require' and can be used with the passive infinitive: The car needs to be washed or with the gerund: The car needs washing.

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