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    want/here

    Dear teachers.

    I wonder if there is a little difference between (1) and (2), between (3) and (4).

    1, I don't want you to walk by yourself late at night.
    2, I don't want you walking by yourself late at night.


    3, You are not supposed to smoke here.
    4, You are not supposed to smoke in here.

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    Re: want/here

    Not really. You might find situations where one is better; 3, for example, would be better than 4 in a park where smoking is prohibited. In the first pair, the infinitive (on this occasion) might have a more restricted sense than the gerund (walking in general).

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