Date: Fri, 7 Apr 1995 17:40:00 -0600 From: Katherine Catmull Subject: Re: needs + present participle At 7:59 AM 4/7/95 -0400, Dennis.Preston wrote: >In my expereiece, the farther you go south of the usual north versus south >midlands boundary, the less likly you are to hear need + past.part (e.g., >needs washed). I've lived most of my 36 years in the south and had certainly never heard of this construction before it was brought up here. In fact I would have guessed it was not just an ungrammatical construction but an impossible, syntactically meaningless one. Live and learn. BTW, I was born in Utah and my father and many other close relatives are native Utahns, so I don't guess it's common there, either. Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]