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    the use of "need"

    Sometimes "need" can be use as a model verb, which mean it will be followed by a V-ing. However, there are cases when it will be followed by just a regular verb. Can anyone tell me when to use which? A few examples would be nice.

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    Re: the use of "need"

    I'd say it's more likely to be followed by a "to Verb."

    I need to see the dentist.
    You need to get your car fixed.
    We need to ask Mom before we say yes.
    They need to get their furnace fixed.
    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.

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