need answering / to be answered

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a. I've got questions that need answering.
b. I've got questions that need to be answered.

Do they both work for you? If yes, could you explain the difference?
 

emsr2d2

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They both work and they mean the same. The difference is that sentence #1 uses a gerund and sentence #2 doesn't.
 

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I believe that some American speakers don't use the first, but it is completely natural in British English.
 

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In my peculiar dialect, we say "need answered," but I wouldn't recommend that to any learners.
 

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Yes, the line is that if Shakespeare were from western Pennsylvania, Hamlet would be famous for saying "Or not? That is the question."
 
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