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    They need continuing education.

    They need continuing education
    They need to continue education.

    Are both sentences correct?

    Please explain me the exact meanings
    of these sentences.

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    #2

    Re: They need continuing education.

    As far as I know:

    (1) They need continuing education (incorrect)
    (2) They need to continue education. (correct)

    need to+ bare infinitive can be used when "it's necessary for you to do something" (anglaisfacile)

    need+ING can be used when "it needs to be done" (anglaisfacile), very often implies the idea of the passive voice.

    ex: This plant hasn't be watered for a long time, it needs watering.

    So I'd rather not use need+ING in the context of a human subject-speaker, which invalidates sentence 1.
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    #3

    Re: They need continuing education.

    Quote Originally Posted by jayan12 View Post
    They need continuing education
    They need to continue education.

    Are both sentences correct?

    Please explain me the exact meanings
    of these sentences.

    Thanks
    Both are correct. The first means that they need education continuously, without any long pauses. The second means that they need to continue to follow education. they should not stop their education permanently.


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    Re: They need continuing education.

    Quote Originally Posted by ModernDickens View Post
    As far as I know:

    (1) They need continuing education (incorrect)
    (2) They need to continue education. (correct)

    need to+ bare infinitive can be used when "it's necessary for you to do something" (anglaisfacile)

    need+ING can be used when "it needs to be done" (anglaisfacile), very often implies the idea of the passive voice.

    ex: This plant hasn't be watered for a long time, it needs watering.

    So I'd rather not use need+ING in the context of a human subject-speaker, which invalidates sentence 1.
    I would say they are both correct, but sentence 1. is a specific sort of statement.

    I would say a parent of a child with severe learning difficulties will be told by their medical professional, "Your child will need continuing education, throughout their whole life." That is, the education needs to be given on a continuous, non-stop basis. It has this sort of connotation for me, meaning 'ongoing' for a long period of time, without a break.

    In most circumstances, though, I'd say sentence 2. is the one to use - it means not to end education of the person, that they have to keep doing it.

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    Re: They need continuing education.

    Quote Originally Posted by jayan12 View Post
    They need continuing education
    They need to continue education.

    Are both sentences correct?

    Please explain me the exact meanings
    of these sentences.

    Thanks
    (NOT a teacher) (1) Here in the United States, "continuing education" is often a special term that means after you graduate from school, you sign up for short courses in certain subjects. Let's say that you graduated from high school. You have a diploma. But you still take one class three times a week to learn more about something. (2) I think you need to add "their" in No. 2: They need to continue their education. That is, continue to study for a diploma or degree or even a certificate.

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