needs rely on them

Katarzyna1989

Senior Member
Polish
Hello,

could someone tell me if the second sentence is correct?

I just dread to think what will happen when there's no coal or oil left.
At the moment more than 80% of our energy needs rely on them.

Why isn't there a 'to' before the 'rely'?
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    I read "needs" at first as a verb, and was puzzled. People rely on things. Our energy needs don't rely on anything.

    We rely on them for 80% of our energy needs.
     
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