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=>Need, require and want can be followed by the active or passive to-infinitives to express active or passive meanings, respectively:

-I need to make a phone call.
-Sometimes, people need to be told the truth.

-My job requires me to handle many letters from abroad.
-They required the information to be sent as soon as possible.

-I wanted to stay for a few more days.
-It was obvious that he wanted to be invited.

->But active gerunds after these verbs express passive meanings:

-Your hair needs cutting. (It should be cut.)
-These photos require careful handling. (They should be handled carefully.)
-The windows want cleaning. (They should be cleaned.

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