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Is there any difference in meaning between the following two sentences?

  1. My car needs to be repaired.
  2. My car needs reparing.

marked as duplicate by RegDwigнt Dec 1 '13 at 12:09

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  • I think there's a related question somewhere. – Barrie England Dec 1 '13 at 10:04
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    @Barrie look no further than OP's previous question. – RegDwigнt Dec 1 '13 at 12:10

As a native English speaker I've always understood these to mean exactly the same thing, however 'needs repairing' feels more informal to me. I hear this construction far more than 'needs to be repaired'.

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