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I think you should use "to do". 'do' is an auxillary, action verb: "you need to do [the thing]". I have never hear a native english speaker use the: "I need do something." form. Auxiliary verbs add functional or grammatical meaning to the clauses in which they appear. They perform their functions in several different ways: By expressing tense ( ...


This appears to be a case of inadvertant misattribution by the Original Poster. Here is the actual text and its context: The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, Huddleston & Pullum (2002, p. 198) As can be seen, Huddleston & Pullum are of course saying that such a sentence is perfectly fine. However, they note that we're unlikely to see this ...

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