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Got into an interesting discussion regarding the use of the word "Need." People in Pittsburgh, where I currently reside, use the word "need" + past participle commonly, and it drives me nuts! Example: "The car needs fixed."

Yesterday I stated "I do not need my shoulders rubbed today." and got called out for making a grammatical mistake, such as they do here in Pittsburgh, however, I do not believe this to be the case. I am struggling to find an explanation of why I was right or find evidence I was wrong. Anyone have a take on this?

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anonymousThe car needs fixed.

Terrible! Sounds like a Finn speaking English.

anonymousI do not need my shoulders rubbed today.

Correct. There is an object (my shoulders) between the main verb (need) and the participle (rubbed). To have something done is a similar structure: I had my hair cut yesterday.

CB