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  1. Anonymous
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    Could you please tell me which is the correct way of saying the following:

    This needs fixed

    This needs to be fixed

    or are they both correct?
    Thankyou

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    No, you can say 'This needs to be fixed.' or 'This needs fixing.'.

  2. Breynia
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    No, you can say 'This needs to be fixed.' or 'This needs fixing.'.
    Thankyou...you have settled a disagreement...unfortunately for me I am wrong! I always say things like 'This needs doing, this needs ironing', etc etc and my friend keeps correcting me.
    I hate being wrong!

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    There is a diference here though, and I don't think you're wrong if the examples you gave are anything to go by.

    This needs doing

    This needs ironing


    Both of these are perfectly fine :wink: . They are different to your original question though, because you could not say:

    This needs do (WRONG)
    This needs iron (WRONG)

    PS - Welcome to our forum.
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    need\want + -ing can be used to replace a passive infinitive after the verb.

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