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    #1

    This car needs repair

    Dear all,

    In the sentences below, which is the same in meaning as "This car needs to be repaired"?

    1. This car needs repair.
    2. This car needs repairing.
    3. This car needs a repair.

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    Re: This car needs repair

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    #3

    Re: This car needs repair

    I would say "needs to be repaired."
    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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    Re: This car needs repair

    I would say "needs repaired," but I'm in a bit of a dialect island on that!

    All 3 of the sentences are equivalent in meaning to me.

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    Re: This car needs repair

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I would say "needs repaired," but I'm in a bit of a dialect island on that!
    A tiny island, I imagine.
    All 3 of the sentences are equivalent in meaning to me.
    When I made my first response, I thought that only #2 was acceptable. After reading your response, I realised that #1 is fine.
    #3 still doesn't sound very natural to me.

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    Re: This car needs repair

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_English

    See the section on "need, want, or like + past participle."



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