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    It's what I wanted?

    If I asked someone to help me find something but when s/he found it and I don't want it, should I say:
    1. It is what I wanted.
    2. It was what I want.
    3. It was what I wanted.
    I think the #3 is correct, but I'm not sure.
    Could you please point out the correct one?
    Thank you very much!

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    Re: It's what I wanted?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    If I asked someone to help me find something but when s/he found it and I don't want it, should I say:
    1. It is what I wanted.
    2. It was what I want.
    3. It was what I wanted.
    I think the #3 is correct, but I'm not sure.
    Could you please point out the correct one?
    Thank you very much!
    If, as you said, when s/he found it, you didn't want it, then none of them are appropriate. You might say "Thanks, but it's not what I wanted".

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    Re: It's what I wanted?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If, as you said, when s/he found it, you didn't want it, then none of them are appropriate. You might say "Thanks, but it's not what I wanted".
    Thank you!
    I still don't understand why using "didn't" (underlined in your post). I think that at the time of speaking to the finder I really don't want it, if using "didn't", it seems that I didn't want it a period of time before the time I'm speaking, and at the time of speaking I maybe want it again?
    Thank you very much!

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    Re: It's what I wanted?

    If , as you said (in the past), when s/he found it (at that time in the past) , you didn't want it (at that time in the past), then none of them are (in the present time that we are considering this sentence) appropriate.

    emsr2d2 underlined didn't to stress that it was negative - your sentences were in an inappropriate affirmative form. If emsr2dt had used the uncontracted form, she would have written:

    If, as you said, when she found it, you did not want it, ...

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    Re: It's what I wanted?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If , as you said (in the past), when s/he found it (at that time in the past) , you didn't want it (at that time in the past), then none of them are (in the present time that we are considering this sentence) appropriate.

    emsr2d2 underlined didn't to stress that it was negative - your sentences were in an inappropriate affirmative form. If emsr2dt had used the uncontracted form, she would have written:

    If, as you said, when she found it, you did not want it, ...
    Thank you very much!
    In fact, I used "found" to express the reported speech, if possible, I would tell the story again as direct speech:
    The finder: I found this for you.
    Me: No, I don't want it now.
    I want to use the form "It is/was what ..." but still don't know the exactly form. Could you please review the problem and suggest me any suitable sentence for that context?
    Thank you very much!

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    Re: It's what I wanted?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Thank you very much!
    In fact, I used "found" to express the reported speech, if possible, I would tell the story again as direct speech:
    The finder: I found this for you.
    Me: No, I don't want it now.
    I want to use the form "It is/was what ..." but still don't know the exactly form. Could you please review the problem and suggest me any suitable sentence for that context?
    Thank you very much!
    "It is what I wanted, but I don't want/need it any more."

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