Jo of the Gates wrote:I guess I understand that this is how language evolves - through mistakes that are repeated until they become accepted. I guess grammar evolves the same way, but can someone please explain how this structure got into the language: "My lawn needs mowed." "My car needs washed." I hear it so often since moving from Texas to Iowa that I fear getting hooked and starting to use it myself! I never heard this usage in Texas, where bad grammar has become idiomatic.
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