Vanessa García
This house needs painting / This house needs to be painted Hi, Are both phrases correct? In this case what is the difference between them? Many thanks, :)
Aug 7, 2014 2:05 PM
Answers · 5
Both are OK but "this house needs painting" is more idiomatic/colloquial; you might not say that in a formal letter, for example. "This house needs to be painted" is more generally correct.
August 7, 2014
They both look fine to me. I recall Grammar Girl did a post on the colloquial grammar pattern which gives us "This house needs painted". It's worth looking up.
August 7, 2014
Both phrases are correct. Just two ways of saying the same thing.
August 7, 2014
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