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    Use of "attended to"

    Is the word attended used properly in the following sentence? Thank you.

    There are potholes that need attended to right away on southbound I-75 near Dearborn Street.

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    Re: Use of "attended to"

    Quote Originally Posted by nickypom View Post
    Is the word "attended" used properly in the following sentence? Thank you.

    There are potholes that need attended to right away on southbound I-75 near Dearborn Street.
    That usage is correct in the variety of English used in the midwestern United States. (I use it, but a friend who grew up in the East once "corrected" me for doing so.)

    Many Anglophones would prefer that need to be attended to or just that need attention.
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    Re: Use of "attended to"

    Quote Originally Posted by nickypom View Post
    There are potholes that need attended to right away
    It's incorrect in BrE. We can say ... need attending to ...

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    Re: Use of "attended to"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It's incorrect in BrE. We can say ... need attending to ...
    Also in most varieties of AmE. We Midwesterners believe that past participles should have the same rights as present participles when it comes to following to need.
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    Re: Use of "attended to"

    I would only use 'attending to' in this context.
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