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    She didn't want me going/to go with her

    She didn't want me going/to go with her to the party in case I cramped her style.

    Many dictionaries include the construction of 'not want sb doing sth'. For instance, in Macmillan, I don't want the children fooling around when I have guests.
    What's the difference between 'not want sb to do sth' and 'not want sb doing sth'?

    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 10-Jan-2012 at 10:43. Reason: one sentence added.

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    Re: She didn't want me going/to go with her

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    She didn't want me going/to go with her to the party in case I cramped her style.

    Many dictionaries include the construction of 'not want sb doing sth'. For instance, in Macmillan, I don't want the children fooling around when I have guests.
    What's the difference between 'not want sb to do sth' and 'not want sb doing sth'?

    Thank you in advance.
    There is no practical difference in meaning.

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