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    Default I want you to read / reading

    Hi,
    is there any semantic difference in the following sentences?
    Thank you.

    I want you to read this book.
    I want you reading this book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapies View Post
    Hi,
    is there any semantic difference in the following sentences?
    Thank you.

    I want you to read this book.
    I want you reading this book.
    I think only the first sentence is grammatical.

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    Default Re: I want you to read / reading

    want
    to desire a particular thing or plan of action. 'Want' is not used in polite requests in British English:
    I want some chocolate.
    She wants a word with you.
    He's everything you'd ever want in a man - bright, funny and attractive.
    [+ to infinitive] What do you want to eat?
    [+ object + to infinitive] Do you want me to take you to the station?
    [+ object + past participle] This letter - do you want it sent first class?
    [+ object + adjective] Do you want this pie hot?
    [+ object + ing form of verb] I don't want a load of traffic going past my house all night, waking me up.
    You wait - by next year she'll be wanting a bigger house!

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    Do you want me to take you to the station?
    Do you say: "Do you want me taking you to the station?"

    I don't want a load of traffic going past my house all night, waking me up.
    Do you say: "I don't want a load of traffic to go past my house all night, waking me up"?

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    Default Re: I want you to read / reading

    Quote Originally Posted by Tapies View Post
    Hi,
    is there any semantic difference in the following sentences?
    Thank you.

    I want you to read this book.
    I want you reading this book.
    Hi Tapies

    The second one is OK if you add more to it. For example,

    • Mother: Max, I want you reading this book by the time I get back from the store.

    Meaning, when the mother returns from the store, her son will be reading the book.

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