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    #1

    Claim needs correcting

    We can say "something needs doing". Like this battery needs changing. So can we say "This claim needs correcting or amending?". Do we need to say "this claim needs correction or amendment?".

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    Re: Claim needs correcting

    In BrE, it works, but I don't think the form is used in all variants. I remember a thread a few years ago with some American speakers who thought the form was incorrect, but will wait for an AmE speaker to confirm that.

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    #3

    Re: Claim needs correcting

    In my dialect, we would say it "needs corrected." But that is considered "non-standard."

    "Needs to be corrected" is how I would say it in a "standard" form. But I see nothing wrong with "needs correcting."

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    Re: Claim needs correcting

    I believe Dave pointed out the construction that was objected to.

    The car needs washed.
    The room needs cleaned.
    etc.

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    #5

    Re: Claim needs correcting

    I wasn't aware that "It needs corrected" was considered standard in any variant. As I think has already been said, it's definitely not acceptable in BrE.

    It needs correcting.
    It needs to be corrected.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Claim needs correcting

    It is not standard in AmE either. It exists in a dialect.

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    #7

    Re: Claim needs correcting

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I believe Dave pointed out the construction that was objected to.
    It was need/want doing, but maybe it was a lone voice objecting.

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    #8

    Re: Claim needs correcting

    OK.

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