Date: Tue, 4 Apr 1995 09:19:24 -0500 From: BARBARA HILL HUDSON Subject: Re: need + participle re: needs + past participle The construction is so common here in Western PA that it has appeared in both newspaper ads and in headlines. I've been told that some of the earliest settlers in this area were Scottish, and I believe that Trudgill mentions this construction and calls it part of Scottish Standard English. bhhudson[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]