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Is this sentence correct:
My name is Aleksandr and i want going to the cinema with my girlfriend, while we are in Chicago city.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-Apr-2015 at 07:47. Reason: Removed quote box round queried sentence
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Why we are using "i want to go" instead "i want going" ?
..because, this sentence to use a present simple tense instead a present continuous tense.
Last edited by jeyzzz; 22-Apr-2015 at 10:32.
Back to your question, in cases with the verb want where it is used to express one's wish or desire, the verb pattern "want + to-infinitive" is most commonly used. So, in essence, it is just a common usage, and what I would recommend you to do is just remember it.
Just as a metter of fact, the pattern "want + -ing form" is also possible (e.g. "this car wants washing", "this joint wants greasing") but used to express something quite different. The general idea of this pattern is that a thing requires to be attended to in a specified way.
P.S. Please be aware I am neither an English teacher nor a native English speaker.
Last edited by Weaver67; 22-Apr-2015 at 18:59.