I need for you to help me


I have heard that 'I need you to do it' can be rewritten as 'I need for you to do it' and 'for' is optional. Do you agree with this? And then, can we also apply this rule to 'want' like 'I want for you to help me? Thank you so much as always and take good care.

asked Nov 11 '12 at 07:45 Hans Contributor

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I mostly agree with Shawn, but ...


I don't think "need for" is really a grammatical error. Rather, it seems to me to be a stylistic misstep.


To directly answer HsKyH7 question -- "I need you to do it" and "I want you to do it" are correct Standard English. "For" is not really optional, in that adding it produces a sentence that, while grammatically correct, is stylistically flawed. I believe that people sometimes use this formulation in order to soften "need" and make it seem less demanding. As Shawn points out, "I want for you" is seldom used.


I hope this helps. 

link comment answered Nov 11 '12 at 18:55 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Yes, I totally agree with your sentence.  If you use "for" then it is always followed by an infinitive phrase.

link comment answered Nov 11 '12 at 08:52 sanjay Expert

what is the name of this structure?

need you to v

want you to v

ask you to v

love you to v

tell you to v.....thanks!

link comment answered Jul 12 '16 at 18:17 Jorge Beltrán del Paso New member

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