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Hi,

Why the second sentence out of following is correct ? I'm asking this because currently subject needs help, so we can't use that sentence as regular one.
  • He is needing help now.
  • He needs help now.
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I think this may be a case where we just say "because it's idiomatic".

In other words, there is no particular grammatical or logical reason why the second sentence seems right and the first doesn't.
The first is incorrect?

Though it may be heard far less often than the latter, I wouldn't have said it was ungrammatical. Of course I could be wrong, however.
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Though it may be heard far less often than the latter, I wouldn't have said it was ungrammatical. Of course I could be wrong, however.

No, it's not actually ungrammatical, just unidiomatic (in most situations).
I agree.

Be nice to Linda. She just got dumped by her boyfriend and found out her car repair is going to be over a grand. She is needing some TLC right now. -- situations like that might work.

I was surprised to find other "needs" constructions standard that I would have said were not, though.

The lawn needs mowing compared to The lawn needs to be mowed.
Your bicycle needs repairing before you can ride it compared to Your bicycle needs to be repaired before you can ride it

I would have said the first in those pairs sounds off, but others have assured me that they are fine. What do you think of those?
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The lawn needs mowing compared to The lawn needs to be mowed.

Your bicycle needs repairing before you can ride it compared to Your bicycle needs to be repaired before you can ride it

I would have said the first in those pairs sounds off, but others have assured me that they are fine. What do you think of those?


I would use the first forms in everyday conversation. I wouldn't use them in formal writing.
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Be nice to Linda. She just got dumped by her boyfriend and found out her car repair is going to be over a grand. She is needing some TLC right now. -- situations like that might work.


Yup. To me, this is reminiscent of the use of the present continuous in sentences such as "Mmm ... I'm loving that dress", which we don't use so much in British English (except maybe if you're a QVC presenter!).
English_Learner123Why the second sentence out of following is correct ? (???) Do you mean, "Why is the first sentence incorrect"? I'm asking this because currently the subject needs help, so we can't use that sentence as the regular one. that sentence? The second? We can't use the second sentence, which you just said was correct? Your question doesn't make any sense.
  • He is needing help now.
  • He needs help now.
need is considered a non-progressive verb. It requires a very special situation to use it in a progressive tense. The same applies to many other verbs, for example, know and have.

*He is knowing how to do that. [anomalous]

He knows how to do that. [normal]

*He is having a new car. [anomalous]
He has a new car. [normal]

CJ