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Gerunds in Passive Sense

We often use a gerund after the verbs need, require and want. In this case, the gerund has a passive sense.

  • I have three shirts that need washing. (need to be washed)

  • This letter requires signing. (needs to be signed)

  • The house wants repainting. (needs to be repainted)
The expression "something wants doing" is not normally used in American English.

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