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    #1

    all I want is that you are

    Hello,

    *self-made*

    - What I want is that you are happy.
    - All I want is that you are happy.

    I would like to ask if it is OK to use 'are' or should I use a subjunctive instead.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: all I want is that you are

    I would say 'What/all I want is for you to be happy', but I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: all I want is that you are

    You can use the present subjunctive:

    - What I want is that you be happy.
    - All I want is that you be happy.

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    #4

    Re: all I want is that you are

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I would say 'What/all I want is for you to be happy', but I am not a teacher.
    "For" doesn't have to be there if you don't want it.

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    #5

    Re: all I want is that you are

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    "For" doesn't have to be there if you don't want it.
    'For' doesn't have to be there whether you want it or not.

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    #6

    Re: all I want is that you are

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    'For' doesn't have to be there whether you want it or not.
    What/all I want is for you to be happy.

    You need to take away the "to" also.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: all I want is that you are

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    What/all I want is for you to be happy.

    You need to take away the "to" also.
    No. "What I want is you be happy" is not natural.
    "What I want is you to be happy" and "What I don't want is you to be happy" are both good.
    It's possible that you mean something like, "What I want is [this]: you be happy", where the second clause is imperative.

    PS: Or you might mean, "What I want is [that] you be happy", and you're leaving out 'that'. That isn't natural. There's no necessity to remove the 'to' as well.
    Last edited by Raymott; 27-Jun-2015 at 05:30.

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    #8

    Re: all I want is that you are

    OK, I want you to be happy.
    All I want is you to be happy.

    Or

    What I want is that you be happy.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: all I want is that you are

    Yes.

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    #10

    Re: all I want is that you are

    Good job, Ted.

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