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    Default "there needs to"

    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?

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    Default Re: "there needs to"

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierce111 View Post
    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?
    It's not correct.

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    Default Re: "there needs to"

    Why not?

    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.

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    Default Re: "there needs to"

    I think "there need to be" is correct, but I could see "needs" coming out in a conversation.

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    Default Re: "there needs to"

    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.

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    Default Re: "there needs to"

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierce111 View Post
    So what is finally correct?
    'There need to be reforms'. As others have said, some native speakers may say, 'There needs to be reforms' in informal conversation.
    Last edited by 5jj; 24-Jan-2013 at 07:17. Reason: typo

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