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    Question "I'd rather be fighting crime ... but needs must"

    Hello,

    the following sentence is from a news story about Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

    WikiLeaks' Assange says "door open" to end London stand-off


    He appeared in good spirits as he addressed chanting supporters holding candles and banging drums under the watchful eye of police who have maintained a constant presence outside the embassy."I'd rather be fighting crime ... but needs must," said one of the dozen officers posted outside.

    It this an incomplete sentence, or is this a common way of leaving something unsaid - such as 'needs must be addressed (first)'.

    Thank you
    Last edited by Olympian; 21-Dec-2012 at 00:54. Reason: Corrected spelling of Ecuadorian

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    Re: "I'd rather be fighting crime ... but needs must"

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    The sentence looks fine to me. Needs must is a BrE phrase.

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    Re: "I'd rather be fighting crime ... but needs must"

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    The sentence looks fine to me. Needs must is a BrE phrase.

    Thank you, ChickenSandwich.

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