Saturday, March 28, 2009

English Grammar Point: Gerunds in Passive Voice

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

  • I have three shirts that need ironing. (need to be ironed)
  • This letter requires signing. (needs to be signed)
  • The house wants repainting. (needs to be repainted)

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