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    #1

    want sb. to do or doing

    "But Cumberbatch wants no one thinking that he's like his brilliant characters, nor does he want to be stuck playing them forever."

    As far as I learn, "want somebody or something to do". But in the sentence above which is abstracted from a magazine, I see "wants no one thinking". Is there anything wrong in the usage of "want" here?

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    Jason

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    #2

    Re: want sb. to do or doing

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    "But Cumberbatch wants no one thinking that he's like his brilliant characters, nor does he want to be stuck playing them forever."

    As far as I learn, "want somebody or something to do". But in the sentence above which is abstracted from a magazine, I see "wants no one thinking". Is there anything wrong in the usage of "want" here?

    Thanks!

    Jason
    No, it's OK.

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    #3

    Re: want sb. to do or doing

    I'm wonder why it's OK.
    I've never seen a construction want smb / smth + Ving, everyone knows just + to do smth.
    Can you exaplain to me why that sentence is OK.
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    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.

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    #4

    Re: want sb. to do or doing

    I don't know about other variants, but it is used in BrE. Its meaning is something like he hopes that no one is thinking or will think.
    Last edited by Tdol; 27-Feb-2014 at 12:04. Reason: Typo

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    #5

    Re: want sb. to do or doing

    It is fine in AmE also. For me there is an implied "to be" before "thinking".

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