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  1. vulpes
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    using "it needs" like "it takes"

    hi from a newcomer.

    "it needs a magic wand to make this dream come true."

    is it correct? awkward? unsusual? wrong?

    does it sound odd? natural?

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    Re: using "it needs" like "it takes"

    It sounds non-native, Vulpes. The use of preparatory 'it' in 'it takes' is common for both time and resource: 'it takes 10 minutes to reach the station', 'it takes a lot of guts to travel in the Middle East'.

    X'It needs...', however, does not enjoy this popularity; your sentence should be recast as 'a magic wand is needed' or 'you need a magic wand'.

  3. vulpes
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    Re: using "it needs" like "it takes"

    thank you.

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    Re: using "it needs" like "it takes"

    It's different if you say "a magic wand is needed...". I reckon "it needs" is somewhat Spanglish and usually is not used when "it" refers to nothing specific.

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