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    Hello, dear teachers
    Could you explain to me, please, what is meant by the “you are wanting” in the following sentence: ‘Anyway, if you are wanting to do some extra reading on Securities Regulation and the Stock Market Crash of 1929, you have the materials’. I’ve been taught it’s impossible to use such verbs as ‘want’, ‘like’, ‘hate’ etc. in the progressive tenses. May be it is another form which I don’t know?
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    The phrase "if you are wanting" there means the same as "if you want". I don't think it is a common usage.

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    Thank you very much, RonBee! Microsoft Word underlines this phrase as a mistake too and I haven't found out anywhere another explanation.

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    I wouldn't rely on Word's grammar checker. It is, at the very least, undependable. Some of the suggestions it offers are downright ridiculous. The advice you get right here on this forum is more dependable and it's free to boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    The advice you get right here on this forum is more dependable and it's free to boot.
    There's no doubt about it! 8) :wink:

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    BTW, http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&i...=Google+Search, but Oxford advanced learner’s dictionary says that "want" is 'not usually used in the progressive tenses’, so
    as here in Russia we say ‘If it’s forbidden, but you want it very much, it’s a little bit allowed’, isn't it?

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    I would have said before looking at the results of that Google search that that form isn't used often, but I think its meaning is understood when it is used.

    "you want" = 7,820,000
    "you are wanting" = 52,400

    That's an interesting saying you have.
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    'Wanting' can be an adjective meaning 'in need' or 'falling short' in BE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Wanting' can be an adjective meaning 'in need' or 'falling short' in BE.
    That's true in AE too (although I don't think it's used very much). It seems to come up most often in the phrse found wanting.

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    It's not that common here, either, and we'd use 'found' a lot as well.

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