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Do these posts need painted?

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settleadebateforme Tue 09-Apr-19 12:39:10

Please settle a debate between DH and me. Do these posts need painted?

Charmatt Tue 09-Apr-19 12:41:40


autumnnightsaredrawingin Tue 09-Apr-19 12:42:59

I would say they could do with being painted if you had the money and time, but don’t need To be painted...

whitesoxx Tue 09-Apr-19 12:43:00


dudsville Tue 09-Apr-19 12:44:02

They don't appear to be chipped or worn so I'd say no.

Rottencooking Tue 09-Apr-19 12:49:55

They need some verbs.

Whynham Tue 09-Apr-19 12:54:55

Yes, bright pink.

smallereveryday Tue 09-Apr-19 16:08:46

The only thing they are lacking is the verb to be wink

SnowyAlpsandPeaks Tue 09-Apr-19 16:18:46

Yes they could do with a freshen up- which a power hose may do, or it may take the paint off🤔

scissorlover Tue 09-Apr-19 16:19:39

Painting*, surely?

justasking111 Tue 09-Apr-19 16:22:14

Someone made a pigs ear of the bottom of them ditto the bottom of the wall.

BruceAndNosh Tue 09-Apr-19 16:22:19

The only thing they are lacking is the verb to be

I'm guessing that the phrasing combined with the pebbledash means that the OP is from Northern Ireland.
But carry on making fun of people's idiomatic use of language


IncrediblySadToo Tue 09-Apr-19 16:22:43

They don’t look like they need painting on my screen?

Knock it off you lot. Nothing wrong with regional dialect

Whackaguacamole Tue 09-Apr-19 16:23:29

They'd probably look better painted but it wouldnt be an urgent job.

Are you Scottish? I picked up skipping verbs when I lived there, didn't realise you'd be judged for it...

123andBreathe Tue 09-Apr-19 16:24:51

No, but if they are being painted, they could do with the pebbledash being chipped off and smooth rendering instead!

We have a wall like that, and you can paint and and paint it until the cows come home, but it always looks grotty.

BiscuitDrama Tue 09-Apr-19 16:25:30

They don’t need painted or to be painted... whatever. smile

Memeface Tue 09-Apr-19 16:28:21

It is jarring to read sentences written like this.

ShitAtScarbble Tue 09-Apr-19 16:29:27

They might or might not need TO BE painted.

Eliza9919 Tue 09-Apr-19 16:32:30

No. They might need painting though.

PeachesNewName Tue 09-Apr-19 16:33:00

No. And I’m from NI and had no idea what verbs people were talking about grin it makes perfect sense to me! Had to go back and re-read.

PeachesNewName Tue 09-Apr-19 16:33:53

‘need painting’ sounds much weirder to me!

brodybear Tue 09-Apr-19 16:35:19

Looks like an 'if you want to' not a 'must do asap' situation to me. There is nothing wrong with the post but at the same time a lick of paint would freshen things up. If they were mine o wouldn't waste my time, energy or money on them.

peachgreen Tue 09-Apr-19 16:42:35

No. And OP's sentence is perfectly grammatically correct in Scotland and Northern Ireland (and possibly elsewhere). It's called infinitival copula deletion and it's a regionalism.

123andBreathe Tue 09-Apr-19 16:43:50

To be or not to be, that is the question - whether ‘‘tis nobler in the mind of the Mumsnetter to suffer “jarring, verb free sentences” .... And, by opposing, end them?

Or just answer the question that everyone knows the OP asked!

To paint or not to paint.

THAT is the question!

settleadebateforme Tue 09-Apr-19 16:47:37

I'm Scottish, perfectly correct way to say it here.

Anyway, in case you were all waiting. I painted them as I had the paint out anyway grin

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