Date: Sat, 8 Apr 1995 18:06:34 -0500
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: needs + present participle
Now I'm doubting my own recollections. Several have written that "X needs
a washing" is grammatical in their dialects. Is "X needs washing" grammatical
in the dialects of anybody? I'm not alone out here, am I?
You're not alone. "X needs washing" is perfectly normal in my Mississippi
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)
home from an excellent SECOL -- thank you, Bill Kretzschmar, Ellen
Johnson, and others!