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    Does the change in (2) make !1) more natural? Thank you.

    (1)The telephone in my apartment didnít work and urgently needed fixing up.

    (2)The telephone in my apartment didn't work and needed urgent fixing.

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    No.

    I would stick with sentence #1, but change "fixing up" to "to be repaired."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No.

    I would stick with sentence #1, but change "fixing up" to "to be repaired."
    I looked up the Oxford Advanced learner's English-Chinese Dictionary. It says [v -ing, v to inf], e.g. This shirt needs washing. This shirt needs to be washed.

    Why you change 'fixing up' to 'to be repaired'?

    What's more, 'fix sth up' means 'repair, decorate or make sth ready'. Why you change it? Thank you!

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    Default Re: urgent

    SoothingDave prefers 'to be repaired'.

    It's a matter of style, and I agree with him.

    Rover

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    Default Re: urgent

    Even if you stay with your "-ing" form, it's not "fixing up".
    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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