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    Something needs something done

    "Something needs something done". Is this structure correct?.

    For example "This television needs an antina fitted to it". "He needs cleaning done". Is it similar to "to be done" structure?. We have removed "to be" in this structure. Right?

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    Re: Something needs something done

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    For example "This television needs an antina fitted to it". "He needs cleaning done".
    I would say 'This television needs to be fitted with an antenna' and 'He needs to be cleaned up', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Something needs something done

    I think "He needs cleaning done" is more likely to mean "He needs to arrange for someone to do some cleaning" (perhaps his house is in need of a really good clean).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Something needs something done

    If so, I would say 'He needs to have the house cleaned up', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Something needs something done

    OK, but "He needs some cleaning done" is perfectly grammatical. Also, your example only works if I was right about it being the house that needs cleaning. The original might have referred to something else.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Something needs something done

    I read this as well "This record needs a phone number entered".

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    Re: Something needs something done

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    "Something needs something done". Is this structure correct?.
    It's not wrong, but that doesn't mean it can be applied to any context.

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