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    kahhong is offline Member
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    Cool want"s"

    Hello there, should i add "s" on want?

    What the question wants?

    Thank You

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    Default Re: want"s"

    I would say that the question usually does not want anything...

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    Default Re: want"s"

    I agree with Bernadetta.

    You cannot use "question" with "want"
    Anyway, you can say: What is the question? or What`s the question ? or What`s your question ...."

    What does he want? You cannot use "wants" here because this is an interrogative sentence , but
    He wants to go there [affirmative sentence]

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    Default Re: want"s"

    It might be possible to use 'want' with 'question:
    'Have you seen the essay question? Did you understand it?'
    'I think that the question wants us to...'
    (Mind you, this is stretching the point a bit- normally it wouldn't work)

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    sheena55ro Guest

    Default Re: want"s"

    Hi, tdol

    Thank you for clarifying that. I prefer not to use this construction; anyway, it is good [to me] to know about it.

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    Question Re: want"s"

    OK thank a Lot!!
    but question wants , the "s" indicates 3rd person place or plural?


    A Billion thanks

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    sheena55ro Guest

    Default Re: want"s"

    Yes, you can add "s" to the verb "want" when it is in the 3rd person singular. present simple tense, affirmative:

    e.g. He wants to go there.
    She wants to tell you something.
    "I think that the question wants us to..." [ as TDOL has already specified in his answer]

    All the best,

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