Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Great Britain
      • Current Location:
      • Great Britain

    • Join Date: Feb 2011
    • Posts: 50
    #1

    Is this wrong?

    Is it grammatically incorrect to use the phrase, 'your details need updating' rather than 'your details need to be updated'?

    thanks

  1. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #2

    Re: Is this wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by minnieuk View Post
    Is it grammatically incorrect to use the phrase, 'your details need updating' rather than 'your details need to be updated'?
    It is not incorrect.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Great Britain
      • Current Location:
      • Great Britain

    • Join Date: Feb 2011
    • Posts: 50
    #3

    Re: Is this wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It is not incorrect.
    Thanks - I didn't think so but someone told me it was and I wondered if I was missing something.

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,218
    #4

    Re: Is this wrong?

    I think that structure is more common in the UK than in the US. I don't know about elsewhere.

    If you say "Your bike needs fixing" it will sound distinctly Southern (US dialect) to me.
    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.

Similar Threads

  1. [Idiom] put someone in the wrong/do someone right/wrong
    By Silverobama in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 30-Jun-2011, 19:19
  2. Wrong in principle, wrong in practice.
    By trila in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 22-Mar-2010, 00:14
  3. Right or Wrong?
    By komatorae in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 25-Aug-2008, 14:31
  4. Replies: 6
    Last Post: 04-Jun-2008, 21:56
  5. Anything wrong?
    By PINKGREAT in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-Dec-2006, 07:00

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •