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I heard a sentence on TV with a strange (for me) grammatical construction:
"There needs to be reforms"
Is it correct or did I mistake something?
What is needed? Reforms.
Reforms are needed.
There needs to be reforms.
Within a context where this makes sense (reforms to the rules, to the admission criteria, to the treatment of prisoners, who knows), that sounds okay to this American.
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.
I think "there need to be" is correct, but I could see "needs" coming out in a conversation.
The situation was that TV reporter was talking to second guy (an expert) about situation after Cameron's speach about leaving EU. The meaning was that EU must be reformed. I could hear it wrong but I am preaty much sure that there was "s" at ending of "need". So what is finally correct?
Last edited by Pierce111; 23-Jan-2013 at 20:13.