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    want + an object

    "My car needs to be fixed." Can we use "want" with an object in the same context?

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    Re: want + an object

    My car is in want of some fixing.
    MY car wants some fixing.

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    Re: want + an object

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    My car is in want of some fixing.
    MY car wants some fixing.
    It would be very unusual to hear either of these sentences in AmE.

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    Re: want + an object

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    It would be very unusual to hear either of these sentences in AmE.
    How about "needs to be fixed.."?

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    Re: want + an object

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    It would be very unusual to hear either of these sentences in AmE.
    Why?

    I've been told by my car that it felt terrible and wanted to receive some presents. Then I bought brand new bearings, hubs and cuffs for its front wheels. But I haven't give it to the car yet for I like to keep my car in a want of something.
    Anyway I'll give the presents to the car for its 26th birthday.
    My car's lucky actually for its birthday is near the end of December.
    We both will celebrate having a drink. The car will have a can of petrol and I, a bottle of wine.
    Last edited by e2e4; 10-Dec-2010 at 23:28.

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    Re: want + an object

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    How about "needs to be fixed.."?
    "Needs" is much more common (to me), and you won't go wrong with it.
    Occasionally we might say something like, "The house wants a bit of paint, but it's comfortable and neat inside". 'Want' in this case is a very old word meaning 'lack'. "The small mining town has many amenities and facilities, but it wants women."
    Corum's two sentences can't take this meaning, but those uses are not unheard of, just not as common as 'needs'. You don't have to be anthropomorphizing, as e2e4 seems to be suggesting.

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