I read a post from a lady that now lives in Pennsylvania, but she didn’t grow up here. [I’m sorry I can’t remember where it is; it wasn’t one of my normal blog stops.] She mentioned several differences she noticed in PA and mentioned that we drop the words “to be.”
She is right. I constantly say things like, “My hair needs cut”; instead of “My hair needs to be cut.” I also say…
- The clothes need washed.
- The dog needs fed.
- The room needs cleaned.
- The dishes need dried.
- The floor needs vacuumed.
- The toys need picked up.
- The car needs moved.
- etc., etc., etc. [It’s all true!]
It was amazing – once I thought about it – how many times I do leave out the words, “to be.” There are some phrases -or lack of phrases- that I hear often and don’t say; but I definitely neglect “to be.”
Are there any grammar quirks where you live? Where you grew up?