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Thursday, August 25, 2011

必要・要る and Need

Here's a mistake I hear in class sometimes (like this afternoon):
  • It needs time to develop typing skills
  • It needs money for R&D expenses.
The problem is that the subject (主語) of "to need" has to be animate (alive):
  • The dog needs food & water.
  • Men need a few good friends.
  • I need a few more points on the TOEFL test.
 You can probably use "take" for most of the inanimate subjects:
  • It takes time to develop typing skills.
  • It takes a lot of money to develop a new product.
Or you can use be-verbs:
  • Typing skills are time-consuming to develop.
  • R&D is expensive.
 Please use English well!