badly needed to buy

Status
Not open for further replies.

joham

Key Member
Joined
Oct 30, 2007
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
China
Current Location
China
This is a fill-in question set by a Chinese teacher of English:

With some books badly needed ______,she hurried to the bookstore.
A.buying B. bought C.to buy D.buy
The given answer is 'to buy'.

I doubt if this is a correct sentence. Should we say 'She badly needed to buy some books, so she hurried to the book store'? And can the sentence 'She badly needed to buy some books' be changed into the passive 'Some books were badly needed to be bought'? It sounds odd.

Could I ask native English teachers to help me? Thank you very much.
 

Anglika

No Longer With Us
Joined
Oct 19, 2006
Member Type
Other
An awkward sentence.

What you are most likely to hear is "With some books badly needing to be bought, she hurried to the bookstore." - but this is not one of the options offered.

In good English, the sentence could be " Needing some books badly, she hurried to the bookstore to buy them", or indeed your suggested sentence.

Of the options offered, the one I would go for is "buying": "With some books badly needed buying ,she hurried to the bookstore."
 

susiedqq

Key Member
Joined
Jan 14, 2008
Member Type
Academic
Native Language
English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Also possible:

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

"badly needed," are adjective modifying "books"
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top