The strange example makes me confused - with + adverb : "Red items need dealing with immediately after the process..."

How correct and common of this structure?

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    It's fine: with belongs with dealing, not the adverb. Would you understand it better if it had been written "Red items need to be dealt with immediately ..."?
    – Robusto
    Jan 31, 2013 at 12:55
  • I see the documentation - it says so. And I doubt need dealing... Is it an error?
    – user36767
    Jan 31, 2013 at 12:59

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The issue which makes it sound strange is not with + adverb; it's -ing + adverb. In this case, need behaves as a modal verb and should be followed by an infintive form.

To deal with (something) is a phrasal verb, and there's not really much you can do about the with. It's part of the verb and needs to be there.

Red items need to be dealt with immediately after the process.

  • Thanks. I didn't know that is a part of a verb phrase. :)
    – user36767
    Jan 31, 2013 at 13:02
  • When there is a preposition after a verb, always suspect a phrasal verb. They are probably at least as common as non-phrasal verbs, and there are certainly more of them. Jan 31, 2013 at 18:15

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