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    using "I wanna" at an formal speech by Steve Jobs

    Dear all,

    The following line is a part of a famous speech given by Steve Jobs at the graduation ceremony of Stanford University in 2005.

    "...(Around 0:30) Today, I wanna tell you three stories from my lifie. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories...."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R-jKKp3NA

    I didn't know "wanna" can be used in such a formal speech. I wonder how it would sound if he had said "Today, I'd like to tell you thre stories...". Does it sound fine too?

    Thank you!

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    Re: using "I wanna" at an formal speech by Steve Jobs

    I'm pretty sure Steve Jobs didn't need to worry about formality. When he spoke, people listened. He could have said "I want to" or "I would like to" or "I'd like to" or "Can I ...?" etc.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: using "I wanna" at an formal speech by Steve Jobs

    Formality was not a big concern of Steve Jobs.

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    Re: using "I wanna" at an formal speech by Steve Jobs

    You'll find the written transcript of the speech here. I'm confident Mr. Jobs intended to say 'want to' but it didn't come out of his mouth that way!

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    Re: using "I wanna" at an formal speech by Steve Jobs

    That may be the case but I'm pretty certain he would happily have purposely said "wanna" and thought no more of it. When someone is as successful and influential as Steve Jobs, people listen to the content of their speeches, not the grammar.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: using "I wanna" at an formal speech by Steve Jobs

    He wouldn't have written it formally. People sometimes use abbreviations in talks and lectures- they don't have to talk as if they were writing.

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