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She is continuing to pay her rent although is is presently living abroad. Can one use present continues form, as needing?

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  • See this question, especially user51421's answer. "Is needing" is unusual but it's not ungrammatical; more commonly found in examples such as "This car is needing repaired".
    – Stuart F
    Apr 1 at 14:34
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    @StuartF - Good heavens! If This car is needing repaired, isn't ungrammatical, then surely nothing is.
    – EllieK
    Apr 1 at 16:00
  • @StuartF - a certain UK web forum I frequent has a 'pedants' corner', where people moan about usages they see, there or elsewhere, that they don't like. Along with the usual suspects, e.g. 'should of', 'would of', etc, is that needs/needing+participle type of expression you used. Much scorn is poured upon people who use it, but sometimes they fight back and say 'it's normal where I live in the North East'. Apr 1 at 16:10
  • @EllieK He meant: the car is needing repair. He just went too fast. I would use it in the progressive but maybe not here.
    – Lambie
    Apr 1 at 17:03

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Present tense is fine for a statement that is true in the present:

She still needs to pay her rent.

Or, for something that is ongoing, the present continuous tense works, but only for the "paying," not the "needing."

She is still paying her rent, because her lease says she needs to.

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