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    With some books badly needing buying,she hurried to the bookstore

    With some books badly needed to buy,she hurried to the bookstore.

    With some books badly needing buying,she hurried to the bookstore

    Are the above sentences both right?
    Could I ask native English teachers to help me? Thank you very much.

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    Re: With some books badly needing buying,she hurried to the bookstore

    Quote Originally Posted by Fragrant.Z View Post
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    With some books badly needed to buy,she hurried to the bookstore.

    With some books badly needing buying,she hurried to the bookstore

    Are the above sentences both right? I don't think any native speakers would say either of the above sentences.
    Could I ask native English teachers to help me? Thank you very much.

    Badly needing to buy some books, she hurried to the bookstore.

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    Re: With some books badly needing buying,she hurried to the bookstore

    As a BrE speaker, I wouldn't say that the second example is wrong, but it's a bit ugly and cumbersome- how about using 'in need of'?

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    Re: With some books badly needing buying,she hurried to the bookstore

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    As a BrE speaker, I wouldn't say that the second example is wrong, but it's a bit ugly and cumbersome- how about using 'in need of'?
    But don't you think that whatever form of the verb 'need' one choses, the word order of the sentence is saying that the need is on the part of the books? (albeit with clumsy wording)


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    Thumbs up Re: With some books badly needing buying,she hurried to the bookstore

    I see..
    Thank you very much ~!

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    Re: With some books badly needing buying,she hurried to the bookstore

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    But don't you think that whatever form of the verb 'need' one choses, the word order of the sentence is saying that the need is on the part of the books? (albeit with clumsy wording)
    No. This is a Br English thing. When a Briton says, for example, 'This needs looking into' he means that he thinks it should be investigated. The thing to be investigated has no 'need' just as the books don't, but the language ascribes that need to it. That's the way Br Eng works. Don't expect logic.

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    Re: With some books badly needing buying,she hurried to the bookstore

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    No. This is a Br English thing. When a Briton says, for example, 'This needs looking into' he means that he thinks it should be investigated. The thing to be investigated has no 'need' just as the books don't, but the language ascribes that need to it. That's the way Br Eng works. Don't expect logic.

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    North Americans also say things like 'This needs looking into', and it is, of course, understood that the need is felt by the speaker.
    (of course we do have a speaker in this example)


    I still can't accept Fragrant.Z's specific examples.
    "Badly needing to buy some books, she hurried to the bookstore." seems so much better.
    Anyway, that's my opinion.
    Last edited by 2006; 22-Apr-2009 at 18:33. Reason: revision

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    Re: With some books badly needing buying,she hurried to the bookstore

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    "Badly needing to buy some books, she hurried to the bookstore." seems so much better.
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    And to me. But I'd accept Fragrant.Z's wording as a semi-jocular reference to the shopping expedition as a fix for a bookaholic's craving.

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    Re: With some books badly needing buying,she hurried to the bookstore

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    And to me. But I'd accept Fragrant.Z's wording as a semi-jocular reference to the shopping expedition as a fix for a bookaholic's craving.

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    ok

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