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    Why it need to have been not needs to have been

    "Ladies and gentlemen, Barack Obama's commitment was reinforced -- not that it need to have been -- by his two relatively recent trips to Israel, when he met with Israeli leaders from across the spectrum -- and you all know it's a very wide spectrum in Israel...."

    Why would it be "it need to have been...." not "it needs to have been......"?

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    Re: Why it need to have been not needs to have been

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Ladies and gentlemen, Barack Obama's commitment was reinforced -- not that it need to have been -- by his two relatively recent trips to Israel, when he met with Israeli leaders from across the spectrum -- and you all know it's a very wide spectrum in Israel...."

    Why would it be "it need to have been...." not "it needs to have been......"?
    It's a mistake.

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    Re: Why it need to have been not needs to have been

    So there would need to be "it needed to have been..." or "it needs to have been"?

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    Re: Why it need to have been not needs to have been

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So there would need to be "it needed to have been..." or "it needs to have been"?
    I would use "needs", although "needed" is possible.

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    Re: Why it need to have been not needs to have been

    Is this some sort of subjunctive? I would say it was if it said "and it need not be."

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