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This is from the song “Muscle Museum” by the band Muse:

Can you see that I am needing
Begging for so much more
Than you could ever give

Why is the verb need here in the progressive form, when need is usually listed as a stative verb and therefore not normally used in the progressive?

  • Why do you think it must not be? State your reasons. If you don't have a reason, all is fine and you don't have a question. – RegDwigнt Aug 5 '15 at 10:06
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The progressive indicates an ongoing action...

The singer is using parallel construction here: The two verbs, "needing" and "begging", both apply to the phrase: "than you could ever give."

The singer is "needing" more than (his love interest) could ever give, and is also "begging" for more than (she) could ever give. He starts, but then modifies, his thoughts concerning the love he's apparently not getting...

We could fill out the sentence by writing something like: "Can (can't) you see that I am needing, no, begging for so much more than you could ever give?"

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  • That's close. However, the two verbs, "needing" and "begging for", both apply to the phrase: "so much more." – chasly - supports Monica Aug 5 '15 at 8:35
  • yes. good catch. – sgriggl Aug 5 '15 at 8:49
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The verb "to need" is transitive - it requires a direct object.

Can you see that I am needing, begging for, so much more than you could ever give.

Can you see that I am needing ... so much more than you could ever give.

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  • I have no idea why this has been down-voted. Can someone explain? Constructive criticism welcomed. – chasly - supports Monica Aug 5 '15 at 10:30

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