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    Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    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"?
    Yes, although that suggests that you want him to return of his own volition. You are hoping that he is out on the streets somewhere and that one day he will choose to walk back to your house.
    "I want him back" simply means "I want to have him in my possession again".

    I'm afraid I can't think of any other way of explaining why it's "I want it back", and that "I want it to be back" is wrong.
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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".
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    Hello,



    I think (repeat: think) that this example might work.

    Here in the United States, we have something called Daylight Saving Time -- when we turn our clocks ahead one hour in the Spring.

    Then later in the Fall, we turn the clocks back one hour to Standard Time (as we did last Sunday).

    Here's my dialogue:

    Tom: Well, Daylight Saving Time is now gone.

    Mona: I know.

    Tom: Why are you looking so sad?

    Mona: Because I want it [Daylight Saving Time] to be back as soon as possible." ( = I want it to return)

    Tom: Sorry, Mona, but you will have to wait until Spring, 2013.



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    Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    I understand that if I say "I want him to come back to me" I will expect that he will come back to me on his own will.
    And in the case of a book I can't say "I want it to come back to me" cause book isn't alive. I have got to say "I want it to be returned to me".

    But can I say "I want him to come back" instead of "I want him to come back to me" without changing the meaning of the clause?
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    Re: Can "want" be a linking verb?

    The idea's similar, so there's no important difference of meaning if your talking about you and your dog. There could be other contexts where you want someone to come back but not to you.

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