Is it correct to say “That needs fixed” rather than “That needs to be fixed?”

A person I know often drops the “to be” which would normally be before the verb in a sentence. He’ll say things like:

  • That needs fixed.
  • It needs upgraded.
  • They need looked at.

rather than

  • That needs to be fixed.
  • It needs to be upgraded.
  • They need to be looked at.

Is this just a personal quirk? Is it colloquial or archaic? It it grammatically correct? Does it have a name?


Dropping the “to be” is grammatically incorrect, and colloquialisms are words or phrases, not habits, so it isn’t a colloquialism. It’s actually a regional dialect, used often in the southern United States but most famously attributed to Pittsburghese:

If you want to see more people who do this, look here:

The umbrella term for this habit is zero copula, but I don’t believe there is any other (aside from needs verbed).

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