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    #1

    I am wanting

    English teacher
    On another forum a native (I don’t remember whether British or American) asked foreros to translate a sentence to Italian. His exact wording was as follows:
    I am wanting to get the Italian translation for… / I’m wanting to have this painted…

    Is it correct to use the verb “want” in the present continuous?
    Would these alternatives be more appropriate?

    I’d like to get…
    I want to get… (maybe a bit less polite?)

    Thanks a lot.
    WW

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    Re: I am wanting

    In British English, your suggested aternatives would normally be what we'd expect to hear.

    I hesitate to say categorically that 'I am wanting' is wrong, though I recommend that learners do not use it. I think it's just about possible as a rather diffident approach.

    it may well be perfectly acceptable in Indian English, but I do not know enough about that variety to be sure.

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    Re: I am wanting

    Hi 5jj.

    you’re like a wealthy benefactor (no money involved here). You’re always the first to come to my rescue. It was such a swift reply! Eight minutes! Were you glued to your computer?

    Thanks a lot.
    WW

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