WE NEED TO

 

a) Keyness

 

‘We need to’ was the fifty-sixth most significant key three-word 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) Three-word clusters

 

6-word:

 

N

cluster

Freq.

1

that we need to look at

3

2

what we need to do is

3

 

5-word:

 

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

 

 

 

 

4-word:

 

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) Macro-generic 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.