(Closed) Question for the Grammar Gurus?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It not correct.  LOL  I notice people abbreviating everything these days.  Not sure what the deal is there.  Maybe from so much texting?

Post # 4
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

That is definitely not correct. 

Post # 5
2497 posts
Buzzing bee

@strawbabies:  It’s grammatically incorrect, but it’s a regional thing. People from NE Ohio and NW Pennsylvania speak like this.


Post # 6
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Yes, it’s incorrect, but it’s regional. When I lived in Pittsburgh a LOT of people spoke that way. 

Post # 7
2143 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Definitely not correct. I haven’t even heard people talk like this! (Thank god, it would probably drive me nuts haha).

Post # 9
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You’re correct.  Those are essential parts of a sentence that should not be left out.  Sometimes words are left out by mistake or just laziness. Smile

Post # 10
11422 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

That is incorrect. Correct forms would include “it needs to be fixed,” or “it needs fixing.”

Post # 12
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It’s entirely incorrect. It reminds me of a British manner of speaking where they say “It needs fixing”. Just…NOOOOOOO!

Post # 13
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@strawbabies:  I would wager it’s related to the dominant linguistic groups in immigrant populations that settled the areas where you’re hearing the construction.  Some languages to have implied “to be” construction — Hebrew is one that springs to mind, and Russian can do it, too.  If you’re getting it in Pittsburgh, it might be a German or Polish or Russian thing, depending.  I recall hearing that in central PA, and Pensylvania Dutch does a lot of that kind of thing.  So in usage, the “to be” gets dropped because as far as sentence syntax goes, it makes sense to the people who had a first language with the implied construction.  Does that make sense at all?  These regionalisms often have a lot to do with linguistic legacies.  It’s the same reason why in Louisiana, people say they’re “going to make groceries” rather than going to the grocer’s — it’s all because of how French constructs that verb.


Which is all useless information, but hopefully interesting?

Post # 14
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Definitely Western PA speak. My favorite is “red up the room,” meaning “clean the room.”

Post # 16
6222 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@Hislittlebee:  “it needs fixing” is grammatically correct, though.

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