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    wannas, wanned


    I know "wanna" means "want to". Do you have another forms of this word?

    I wanned buy this car = I wanted to buy this car.
    He wannas buy a car = He wants to buy a car.

    It might be a stupid question, but I'm really interested in.
    P.S. I've never heard another forms
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: wannas, wanned

    It's not a stupid question. Don't worry.

    First, let's make sure you know it's not a word at all; it's a transcription of how people speak when they speak quickly. It's made its way into infomal writing, especially when you're trying to write like you would talk. I think you know this.

    Second, no. Because it's not a real verb, it has not inflected forms.

    "He wants to" will sound like "He wan-stuh" in the same type of rapid speech. But unlike "wanna" you will not see "wansta" written down. At least, I never have I hope I never do.

    We say "wanna" because it's quick when we want to say "want to." But we will use proper tenses. "Wanted to" may sound a bit like "wanna-tuh" (as the D in wanted and T in to merge) but it's never "wanned."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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