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    #1

    Cool only thing

    Hello,

    Which option is correct in this case?:

    -The only thing I want is:

    -to go home

    -go home

    -going home.

    Thank you
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    #2

    Re: only thing

    Not a teacher.

    You should use the infinitive:
    The only thing I want is to go home.

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    #3

    Re: only thing

    A learner

    I think that

    The only thing I want is going home is correct as well.

    I don't see why it wouldn't be.

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    #4

    Re: only thing

    *Not a teacher

    I once read that "the only thing I want is go home". "Going home" would sound more natural in spoken.

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    #5

    Re: only thing

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    *Not a teacher

    I once read that "the only thing I want is go home". "Going home" would sound more natural in spoken.
    "To go home" is the only correct option.
    No native speaker would say "The only thing I want is going home" or "The only thing I want is go home".

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    #6

    Re: only thing

    A learner

    One is in a jail.
    He regularly goes home every month.
    How would you say that the only thing he cares is to go home every then?

    In a conversation I would say

    The only thing I care is my going home.

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    #7

    Re: only thing

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    A learner

    One is in a jail.
    He regularly goes home every month.
    How would you say that the only thing he cares is to go home every then?

    In a conversation I would say

    The only thing I care is my going home.
    "The only thing I care about is going home every month."

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    #8

    Re: only thing

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "To go home" is the only correct option.
    No native speaker would say "The only thing I want is going home" or "The only thing I want is go home".
    Hello, Bhaisahab.

    I am probably wrong. But I do believe I've heard people say things like The only thing I want is go home many times.

    I used to think people should only use to go home in this context then I changed my mind. Maybe I should change it back again.

    Thanks

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    #9

    Re: only thing

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "To go home" is the only correct option.
    No native speaker would say "The only thing I want is going home" or "The only thing I want is go home".
    Hello, Bhaisahab.

    I am probably wrong. But I do believe I've heard people say things like The only thing I want is go home many times.

    I used to think people should only use to go home in this context then I changed my mind. Maybe I should change it back again.

    Thanks

    Richard

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    #10

    Re: only thing

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    Hello, Bhaisahab.

    I am probably wrong. But I do believe I've heard people say things like The only thing I want is go home many times.

    I used to think people should only use to go home in this context then I changed my mind. Maybe I should change it back again.

    Thanks

    Richard
    As I said before, no native speaker would say that.

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