In an address to the UN, Greta Thunberg said: "Everything needs to change -- and it has to start today."

I was wondering, is 'need' a verb in this sentence? Or is 'change' the verb?


"To change" is an infinitive, used as a noun as the direct object of the transitive verb "needs".

What's to wonder?

  • So it is a verb in this sentence? English is my third language. – Steven Oct 6 '19 at 2:34
  • @Steven, correct. – Ray Butterworth Oct 6 '19 at 2:39

The problem with need is it acts as a main verb sometimes, helping verb sometimes and as a noun sometimes.

Everything needs to change

You need not stay here

I am in need of your help

In sentence 1 need is a main verb , in 2 it is a helping verb and in 3 it is a noun

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