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    someone needs+V-ing or to be p.p.?

    Are both of the sentences below correct? Thank you.

    1. A newborn baby needs vaccinating.
    2. A newborn baby needs to be vaccinated.

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    Re: someone needs+V-ing or to be p.p.?

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Are both of the sentences below correct? Thank you.

    1. A newborn baby needs vaccinating.
    2. A newborn baby needs to be vaccinated.
    I strongly prefer #2.

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    Re: someone needs+V-ing or to be p.p.?

    1. A newborn baby needs vaccinating.
    2. A newborn baby needs to be vaccinated.
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I strongly prefer #2.

    Will you please state a reason why you prefer the second one?



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    Re: someone needs+V-ing or to be p.p.?

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post

    Will you please state a reason why you prefer the second one?


    It is a future, hypothetical event. For me, the infinitive form works best in that situation.

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    #5

    Re: someone needs+V-ing or to be p.p.?

    For me, "A newborn baby needs to be vaccinated" is a statement of habitual action - all newborn babies need to be/must be vaccinated. If I wanted to use "needs vaccinating", I would use it if I were carrying a newborn baby towards a nurse and I might say "Quick! This newborn needs vaccinating".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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