I have just finished an English exam and there was an rewrite question like this:

1-His car broke down.He is going to repair it next week. (needs)

It needs to be rewritten using the word needs and I am not sure what the right answer is. Does anyone know the answer?

  • You can't 'rewrite the sentence' using the verb need (in any of its forms, eg needs or needing) in place of be going to. They have different meanings. But since your 'I have just finished an english exam and there was an rewrite question' contains two obvious mistakes as well as an unusual usage, one wonders what the original wording was. Dec 27 '14 at 12:01
  • !!Assumptions!!
    – ScotM
    Dec 27 '14 at 17:07

His car broke down. He needs to repair it next week.


His car broke down, and he needs to repair it next week.

First, the instructions did not require that the second sentence remain in the future tense. Second, the present form of the verb needs enjoys the future connotation of next week. Third, the instructions do not prohibit combining the two sentences. There are many other ways to rewrite the sentences, provided the instruction did not add specific restrictions.


Well, the sentence is correct as it is and needs no modification. The phrase "going to" states an intention to do something in the future.

However, if you must re-write it using the word "need" in a future tense, then the future tense of "need" is "will need".

His car broke down. He will need to repair it next week.

  • I think of that too,but the problem is there is S after need so it is needs
    – Omar Ahmad
    Dec 27 '14 at 10:36
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    As "needs" is the given word, it would have to be "He needs to repair it (by) next week."
    – Martin
    Dec 27 '14 at 10:36

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