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In the following sentence the use of "need cleaned" sounds incrorrect, but it is ok?

 

The chairs need cleaned up a little bit because they have gotten dusty.

asked Sep 26 '13 at 19:27 Mark New member

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The reason it sounds incorrect is because "need" shows present-tense necessity while "needed" shows past-tense action, and your adverb clause obviates that you meant present-tense action:

 

If you like how it sounds right now, then clean it up (hur, hur) with an infinitive phrase:

 

"The chairs need to be cleaned up a little bit because they have gotten dusty."

or

"The chairs needed to be cleaned up a little bit because they had gotten dusty."

or

"The chairs are needing a little bit of cleaning because they have gotten dusty."

link comment edited Sep 27 '13 at 01:22 Aaron Prejean Expert
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A gerund can be used with "need" and it has passive meaning.

The chairs need cleaning = The chairs need to be cleaned.

link comment answered Sep 27 '13 at 12:14 Z. A. Jazley Contributor

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