Date: Sat, 8 Apr 1995 18:06:34 -0500 From: Natalie Maynor 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 dialect. --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] home from an excellent SECOL -- thank you, Bill Kretzschmar, Ellen Johnson, and others!