A new school needs building

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Hi all,

I understand that "need doing" means "need to be done", as in:

My hair needs cutting. = My hair needs to be cut.

But somehow the combination of "need" and "build" in such a construction seems jarring to the ears:

e.g. A new school needs building to cater for the large immigration population.

Is it correct to say the above, meaning "a new school needs to be built"?

Many thanks! :)
  • Barque

    It's not that it works only with certain verbs; it works only in some contexts. In others it doesn't sound as natural. "Needs building" might work in another sentence, though I can't think of one offhand.
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