Date: Fri, 7 Apr 1995 08:35:53 -0700 From: Peter McGraw Subject: Re: needs + present participle On Fri, 7 Apr 1995, Gregory J. Pulliam wrote: > 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? > Greg Pulliam > No, Greg, you're not alone. When I first saw the message about "needs a washing," I wondered at it, but thought I'd sit this one out. For me, at least, "needs washing" is the normal, neutral form. "Needs a washing" is more likely to be used, usually with the adjective "good", to form an intensified version of the construction, e.g., "What THIS car needs is a good washing!" Peter McGraw Linfield College McMinnville, OR