WE NEED TO
a) Keyness
‘We
need to’ was the fiftysixth most significant key threeword cluster in the BEC
corpus.
N 
Word 
bec freq. 
bec.lst % 
bnc freq. 
bnc.lst % 
Keyness 
P 
56 
WE
NEED TO 
148 
0.01 
102 
 
64.5

0.000000 
b) Semantic Prosody
Left:
No groups identified.
Right: Unsurprisingly, the
collocates of ‘we need to’ all refer to future plans, goals or
achievements, i.e. what ‘we need to do’ in one way or another. There are no
obvious patterns, or positive/negative connotations. Connotations are more to
do with work or the ‘what’ of what needs to be done. Below are listed verbs
found commonly to follow ‘we need to’:
do,
decide, get, know, look at, make sure, save, send, start, talk, think
c) Threeword clusters
6word:
N 
cluster 
Freq. 
1 
that
we need to look at 
3 
2 
what
we need to do is 
3 
5word:
N 
cluster 
Freq. 
1 
we
need to look at 
7 
2 
what
we need to do 
6 
3 
i
think we need to 
5 
4 
do
we need to do 
4 
5 
that
we need to look 
4 
6 
that's
why we need to 
3 
7 
we
need to do is 
3 
8 
we
need to have a 
3 
9 
we
need to make sure 
3 
4word:
N 
cluster 
Freq. 
2 
we
need to do 
15 
3 
we
need to be 
11 
4 
and
we need to 
10 
5 
do
we need to 
10 
6 
we
need to know 
10 
7 
what
we need to 
10 
8 
so
we need to 
8 
9 
we
need to look 
8 
10 
we
need to make 
8 
11 
need
to look at 
7 
12 
but
we need to 
6 
13 
we
need to get 
6 
14 
i
think we need 
5 
15 
then
we need to 
5 
16 
think
we need to 
5 
17 
we
need to have 
5 
18 
we
need to put 
4 
19 
we
need to start 
4 
d) Macrogeneric distribution
e) Colligation
i) we
need to + verb:
148
instances  100% of sample
ii) (what) + we need to + do:
15
instances  10.13% of sample
f) Associates
No
associates identified.