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    #1

    help! i don't understand this sentence

    " This paper needs filling out. Can you see to it while I am gone next week?"


    Is "This paper needs filling out" has the same meaning as " This paper needs to be filled out" ?

    I totally don't understand this one "Can you see to it while I am gone next week?", what does "see to it" really means?

    thanks!

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    Re: help! i don't understand this sentence

    "This paper needs filling out" In this context it means to fill in the blanks on a form. In fact, this sentence would have been better if the word form was used instead of paper.

    "See to it" means to take responsiblity for getting it done.

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    Thumbs up Re: help! i don't understand this sentence

    [QUOTE=bluefish80;793614]"

    "This paper needs filling out" has the same meaning as " This paper needs to be filled out" ?

    [QUOTE]

    I am not a teacher ...

    Yes I think so, they have about the same meaning .

    In the first sentence 'filling out' is used as gerund.(always works as nouns, in this sentence it is used as an object=noun)
    In the next sentence which you have written, "to be filled out" is used as
    infinite(as an object to a transitive verb). I am totally unsure whether my answer is write or wrong.
    Last edited by sumon.; 29-Aug-2011 at 02:19. Reason: i

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    #4

    Re: help! i don't understand this sentence

    thanks,J&K Tutoring!

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    Re: help! i don't understand this sentence

    In BE we fill in a form.

    Rover

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