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    #1

    needs washing/ needs to be washed/ must be washed

    Dear teachers,

    There are three pairs of sentences:

    1.1. This work wants doing with great care.
    1.2. This work wants to be done with great care.

    2.1. The house needs repairing.
    2.2. The house needs to be repaired.

    3.1. The dress needs washing.
    3.2. The dress needs to be washed.

    Would you be kind enough tell me whether the first or second of them is preferable to.

    On the other hand I know that in written English you use the following wording:

    This dress must be washed.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 23-Jul-2008 at 18:59.

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    #2

    Re: needs washing/ needs to be washed/ must be washed

    1.1. This work wants doing with great care.
    1.2. This work wants to be done with great care.
    Both are incorrect. You don't say 'the work wants' but 'the work needs'.

    2.1. The house needs reparing.
    2.2. The house needs to be repaired.
    Both are correct. One is a gerund, the othe is a noun.

    3.1. The dress needs washing.
    3.2. The dress needs to be washed.
    Both are acceptable as 2 above.

    You don't say 'on the second hand' but you say 'on the other hand'.
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    Re: needs washing/ needs to be washed/ must be washed

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    1.1. This work wants doing with great care.
    1.2. This work wants to be done with great care.
    Both are incorrect. You don't say 'the work wants' but 'the work needs'. (Not precisely. The first one is incorrect. The second one is correct, and is in use informally.)

    2.1. The house needs reparing. (repairing)
    2.2. The house needs to be repaired.
    Both are correct. One is a gerund, the othe(r) is a noun. (A noun?... Anyhow, both are correct, usage depends on purpose.)

    3.1. The dress needs washing.
    3.2. The dress needs to be washed.
    Both are acceptable as 2 above. (Again, usage depennds on purpose.)

    You don't say 'on the second hand' but you say 'on the other hand'.
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    Re: needs washing/ needs to be washed/ must be washed

    Is the first actually wrong? 'Want' can mean 'have need of'.

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    Re: needs washing/ needs to be washed/ must be washed

    There's no problem with 'want'.
    ''This work wants doing with great care''. :/

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