Date: Mon, 3 Apr 1995 07:53:36 -0600
From: Bruce Gelder bgelder[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CAMEL.SIM.ES.COM
Subject: Re: need + participle
that sneaks into people's language without them realizing it, maybe like
the *need + [p.p.]* usage in, for example, "the car needs washed."
Are there any studies on this construction? Does DARE discuss it? I know
three people who use it consistently: one (male, ~30) is from Salt Lake City,
one (female, ~40) is from Montana, and one (male, ~35) is from Akron, Ohio.
I'm just curious about how widespread it is.
By the way, thanks for the replies to my question about prepositions. Several
people have E-mailed me with good suggestions.