The executives of the company I work for are always heard saying the following... "We want to appreciate Mary for all the hard work she does."
I feel that this might be grammatically incorrect. It makes me want to answer them, "Then please DO appreciate her." It sounds like there might be a 'but' coming. i.e. 'We want to appreciate Mary for all the hard work she does... but we just don't'??
I'm just wondering if their statements are grammatically correct. Thank you.
Your instincts are spot on.
We want to recognize Mary for her contributions. We appreciate Mary's contributions. We appreciate Mary for her steadfast devotion to serving her clients' needs.
But "We want to appreciate Mary" does sound like it's going to be followed by "but we just can't bring ourselves to do it, because she's such a miserable so-and-so in so many other ways!"
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.