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  1. Newbie
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    want vs wants

    I have a lesson plan to prepare and I need to explain, want to and wants to.

    I can explain ' I/we/they want to…' and 'he/she wants to', but am not sure how to explain 'wants to' is not plural or needs an apostrophe ('s).

    appreciate your response.
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    Re: want vs wants

    This is presumably at a beginner/pre-intermediate level.

    Don't confuse the learners by raising points that may well not occur to them. In many years of teaching, I very rarely encountered a learner who thought an apostrophe might be needed.

    As to 'the boy wants' vs the 'boys want', make sure that you have covered the plurals of nouns, and that your learners understand this, before you deal with the third person -s ending on verbs.

    IF any learners appear confused, you could show them:

    I want, he wants.
    The boy - the boys
    The boy wants, the boys want

    s is different from s.

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    #3

    Re: want vs wants

    Many thanks for your reply fivejedjon, it's very clear in my head now.
    Your examples have helped me greatly.

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