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    "want people talking about"

    I would say that a "rumour-monger" spreads information whether they know that information is true or not. A "gossip-monger" would spread information which is factual but which the subject of the gossip might not want people talking about.
    Why has the verb "want" been followed by talking not to talk?

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    Re: "want people talking about"

    Both 'talking' and 'to talk' are fine in this context.

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    Re: "want people talking about"

    I don't completely agree with the concept of the dichotomy that has been suggested. Gossips often add to the information that may have started out as factual. They do this to make the "gossip" juicier.

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