post on Disputations, discussing a variant of English lacking “to be”
called E-prime, would not grab my attention except that Pittsburghese might be a
dialect of it. We of Da Burgh frequently drop “to be” when using the verb
“need”. “The car needs washed”, “Your homework needs done.”,
etc. I suppose it could also be used with “want”. “The cat wants
fed”, for instance, would work. Any native Pittsburghers (I’m a transplant)
think any examples need added?
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