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    need/needed

    Dear teachers,

    In the sentence below, is it correct grammar? do I use "need" or "needed" in the sentence?

    "I was trying to ask if the date stated in the paragraph needed to be modified."

    Thank you.

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    Re: need/needed

    It could be 'needed to be', 'needs to be' or 'need be'. In the third of these, 'need' functions as a modal.
    Last edited by 5jj; 23-Aug-2011 at 11:37. Reason: typo

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    Re: need/needed

    Has the date been modified?

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    Re: need/needed

    it hasn't, I was going to ask the other party if the date needed to be modified. Thank you.

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    Re: need/needed

    OK- if you're trying to attract their attention to ask, then I would use needs.

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