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    Default How to use the word "deserve"?

    He deserves ____________(lock) up for ever for what he did.
    Should I say"deserve locking" or "deserve being locked"? HELP! AND THANKS!

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    Default Re: How to use the word "deserve"?

    Deserves to be
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: How to use the word "deserve"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Deserves to be

    Can't I use the form of "doing" after "deserve"?

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    Default Re: How to use the word "deserve"?

    Either "He deserves to be locked up";
    Or "He deserves being locked up".

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    Default Re: How to use the word "deserve"?

    What I want to know is whether I can use "doing sth" after"deserve". If I can, should I use "being done" or just "doing" when the passive voice is meant.

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    Default Re: How to use the word "deserve"?

    Quote Originally Posted by IHIVG View Post
    Either "He deserves to be locked up";
    Or "He deserves being locked up".

    Are you definitely sure about that?

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    Default Re: How to use the word "deserve"?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Are you definitely sure about that?
    Definitely.

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    Default Re: How to use the word "deserve"?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    What I want to know is whether I can use "doing sth" after"deserve". If I can, should I use "being done" or just "doing" when the passive voice is meant.
    What is the context you want to use this in?

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    Default Re: How to use the word "deserve"?

    Quote Originally Posted by IHIVG View Post
    What is the context you want to use this in?

    just the example sentence presented above. Isn't that context enough?

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    Default Re: How to use the word "deserve"?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    just the example sentence presented above. Isn't that context enough?
    What you gave above is not a context. I asked you about the sentence - something that has a complete meaning.

    Technically, <deserves doing> can be a valid structure. For example: He deserves to do/doing this hard excruciating work. But I can't think of any context in which <deserves being done> would make any sense.

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