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Me necesitan hacer una revisión de ojos. This sounds weird

RebekahC1Kwiziq community member

Me necesitan hacer una revisión de ojos. This sounds weird

I need to have my eyes tested.  The correct answer is "Me necesitan hacer una revisión de ojos."  But for some reason that just sounds odd to me.  I could understand "Me revisáron los ojos" as meaning "I got my eyes checked" -- something that got done to me by some un-named third party.  But it just sounds weird to say "me necesitan" something.  I guess because the other examples deal with having something done to me, and this example relates to the third party have a state of mind or need.  Is this format with necesitar common?

Asked 2 weeks ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Rebekah

Yes, that's common and correct. We are adding a modal verb to the more straight: Me revisaron los ojos or Me hicieron una revisión de ojos.

You can say:

Me necesitaban hacer una revisión de ojos

Necesitaban hacerme una revisión de ojos

Me tuvieron que hacer una revisión de ojos

Tuvieron que hacerme una revisión de ojos

Te deberían hacer una revisión de ojos

Deberían hacerte una revisión de ojos

etc

Saludos

Inma

DavidC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

It is true, though - [as Rebekah implies] - that the sentence cannot easily be analysed in terms of the normal "Subject > Verb > Object" pattern. "Ojos" are presumably the subject of "necesitan"? - but that does seem awkward when they are also the object of the preposition "de". However, flexibility of this sort certainly contributes to the richness and beauty of language. I will try and think of a comparable example in English; if we look through Shakespeare's plays we might well find something !

Me necesitan hacer una revisión de ojos. This sounds weird

I need to have my eyes tested.  The correct answer is "Me necesitan hacer una revisión de ojos."  But for some reason that just sounds odd to me.  I could understand "Me revisáron los ojos" as meaning "I got my eyes checked" -- something that got done to me by some un-named third party.  But it just sounds weird to say "me necesitan" something.  I guess because the other examples deal with having something done to me, and this example relates to the third party have a state of mind or need.  Is this format with necesitar common?

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