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    Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    1. What part of speech is "back" in this sentence?
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    Hello,



    1. What a coincidence. I was thinking about "back" all last night.

    2. Sometimes it is easier to analyze a sentence if you change the pronoun to a noun.

    3. So let's analyze "I want the book back."

    4. First, here is a sentence from The New Oxford American Dictionary: He was given his job back.

    a. The dictionary classifies it as an adverb in that sentence.

    b. I am 99.99% sure that it would also be good English to say "He was given back his job."

    i. In that position, you can more clearly see that "back" is an adverb modifying the verb "was given."

    5. Thus, I believe that we can conclude that "back" in your sentence is an adverb modifying the verb "want."

    a. As you know, one way to know the part of speech is to use the process of elimination. In your sentence, "back" cannot be a noun (such as "My back is killing me") or a verb ("He backed the car into the garage") or an adjective ("The back yard is an absolute mess"). THEREFORE, it must be an adverb.


    James

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    Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Thank you.
    So if I say "I want it to be back" instead of "I want it back" what will people think I mean?
    And you still didn't reply my question what part of speech "back" was in my sentence.

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    Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    While I was asking my question again, I didn't notice that someone had answered it.
    Thank you, James
    Last edited by Mr.Lucky_One; 06-Nov-2012 at 15:10.

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    Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    Thank you.
    So if I say "I want it to be back" instead of "I want it back" what will people think I mean?
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    These statements are meaningless without any context. Read post #10.

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    Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Well, I had lost my dog and it brought me down. So I said I wanted him to be back. What would people think I meant?

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    Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    Well, I had lost my dog and it brought me down. So I said I wanted him to be back. What would people think I meant?
    They would think that you meant to say "I want him back" but that you had used incorrect English to say it.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Please, could you give me an example where it was possible to say "I want it to be back".

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    Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    Please, could you give me an example where it was possible to say "I want it to be back".
    I can't think of a natural context.

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    Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    Please, could you give me an example where it was possible to say "I want it to be back".
    The only possible use I can think of is extremely unlikely:

    - Guess what my favourite word is?
    - I don't know.
    - Guess!
    - I can't. Give me a clue.
    - OK. It has four letters.
    - Left?
    - No.
    - Soft?
    - No.
    - I give up.
    - Oh please don't. I'm enjoying this game. Here's a clue. My favourite word is either "blob" or "back".
    - I hate the word "blob". I want it to be "back".
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    Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Well, I realize everybody is tired of explaining me all these things about "I want it back". I'm sorry I really don't get why "I want it to be back" is wrong. It seems to me that my clause is grammatically right, isn't it?

    Returning to the example with lost dog.
    Can I say "I want him to come back to me"?

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