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    Default plate needs washing or washed?

    I have an on going discussion with my Scottish friends. They would say for example...

    THE BABY NEEDS FED.

    I argue that this is incorrect by saying

    THE BABY NEEDS FEEDING or THE BABY NEEDS TO BE FED.

    Other examples include

    MY HAIR NEEDS CUT, THE FLOOR NEEDS CLEANED etc

    can i have a ruling on this as I seem to be in a minority

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    Default Re: plate needs washing or washed?

    There's no need to argue. It's not the Standard, but it is a known dialect variation.

    The words 'fed, cut, cleaned', for example, are part of absolute nominal phrases; "to be" has been omitted:

    The baby needs (to be) fed.
    My hair needs (to be) cut.
    The floor needs (to be) cleaned.

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    Default Re: plate needs washing or washed?

    I totally agree with you!!!But as for giving you rules,I'll leave that to someone more qualified.

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    Default Re: plate needs washing or washed?

    Needs to be fed- OK everywhere
    Needs feeding- British English
    Needs fed- regional English (it is also used in some parts of the USA)

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