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    Lightbulb INFINITIVE COMPLEMENTS: NEED

    HI Everyone,
    I need some help to explain to my students the correct use (meaning) of NEED when followed by an infinitive complement.

    For example in the following sentence:

    Sarah needed Peter to write a letter to the mayor.

    Does this sentence has 2 meanings???
    1. She needed the help of Peter in order to write a letter to the mayor. (they write the letter together)
    2. She wanted him to write a letter for her. (peter writes the letter....imperative???)

    And if both meanings are wright.....the passive form of the 2 sentences is it different?
    1. Peter was needed by Sarah to write a letter
    2.Sarah needed a letter to be written by Peter....

    .....so confused

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    Default Re: INFINITIVE COMPLEMENTS: NEED

    To be honest, it looks as if you have it sorted. Where is the confusion for you?

    ps - right has no 'w' ...

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    Default Re: INFINITIVE COMPLEMENTS: NEED

    Quote Originally Posted by DimebagLara View Post
    HI Everyone,
    I need some help to explain to my students the correct use (meaning) of NEED when followed by an infinitive complement.

    For example in the following sentence:

    Sarah needed Peter to write a letter to the mayor.

    Does this sentence has 2 meanings???
    1. She needed the help of Peter in order to write a letter to the mayor. (they write the letter together)
    2. She wanted him to write a letter for her. (peter writes the letter....imperative???)

    And if both meanings are wright.....the passive form of the 2 sentences is it different?
    1. Peter was needed by Sarah to write a letter
    2.Sarah needed a letter to be written by Peter....

    .....so confused
    1. Peter was needed by Sarah to write a letter
    2.Sarah needed a letter to be written by Peter....
    No native speaker would write or say the above, nor would they, IMO, try to put your original sentences into passive voice.

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    Default Re: INFINITIVE COMPLEMENTS: NEED

    Quote Originally Posted by DimebagLara View Post
    HI Everyone,
    I need some help to explain to my students the correct use (meaning) of NEED when followed by an infinitive complement.

    For example in the following sentence:

    Sarah needed Peter to write a letter to the mayor.

    Does this sentence has 2 meanings???
    1. She needed the help of Peter in order to write a letter to the mayor. (they write the letter together)
    2. She wanted him to write a letter for her. (peter writes the letter....imperative???)

    And if both meanings are wright.....the passive form of the 2 sentences is it different?
    1. Peter was needed by Sarah to write a letter
    2.Sarah needed a letter to be written by Peter....

    .....so confused
    No, that sentence really only means 2. If you meant 1. you'd write:
    "Sarah needed Peter to help her write a letter to the mayor."

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    Default Re: INFINITIVE COMPLEMENTS: NEED

    Ok my doubts were about the real meaning of the verb (need) used in that way....But I've got it now thanks for your help.

    yep....I know that right has no "w".....my fault I never go over what i write :/

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    Default Re: INFINITIVE COMPLEMENTS: NEED

    Thanks Raymott....you gave me the answer I needed!!! :)

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