The object of the transitive verb "need."

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You hear this often at the prechool: "I need you to be quiet." Or: "I need for you to be quiet."

 

If "need" is indeed acting as a transitive verb here, then it needs an object, such as a noun or noun clause or noun-like something. "To be quiet" is certainly a noun clause. But "you to be quiet" and "for you to be quiet" don't seem to be noun clauses or noun-like constructions.

 

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asked May 01 '13 at 02:39 Robert Ballou New member

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