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    modal or notional

    These shoes need repairing!

    what is the verb NEED here? modal or notional one? and what is the predicate here?


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    Re: modal or notional

    Quote Originally Posted by Marink View Post
    These shoes need repairing!

    what is the verb NEED here? modal or notional one? and what is the predicate here?
    It is notional in this sentence, when a modal verb it is followed by an infinitive.
    The predicate is 'need'. 'Repairing' is an object.

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