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    Smile the need for/of language

    International signs are certainly a great help to travelers. Unfortunately, there are many situations in which symbols cannpt replace the need for/of language.


    Do both for and of work in the above context? If not, why not? Thanks.

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    Re: the need for/of language

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    International signs are certainly a great help to travelers. Unfortunately, there are many situations in which symbols cannpt replace the need for/of language.


    Do both for and of work in the above context? If not, why not? Thanks.
    Hello Angliholic!

    This is a tricky one!

    In the sentence you quote it would have to be 'the need for + noun' = requirement.

    It is often used with 'there is etc.', or is itself the subject or object of the sentence.

    e.g. There is an urgent need for more housing in this area.
    The need for more housing is obvious.
    The Council denied the need for more housing.
    not I have a need for a new coat.

    'Need of + noun' has more the sense of the lack of something, and has a person or thing as its subject, usually with the verb 'to be'.

    e.g. He is in deperate need of a new coat.
    The house is in need of total refurbishment.

    I hope this helps! I'm sure other members will clarify and expand if necessary!

    finta

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    Re: the need for/of language

    Thanks, Finta, for the clear comparison.
    There is no need for further clarification because I'm not in need of an expanded answer.

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