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    A grammar question

    Are these sentences correct?

    -He wanted for Jane to go to Germany.
    -He wanted that Jane go to Germany.

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    Re: A grammar question

    He wanted Jane to go to Germany.
    He wanted for Jane to go to Germany.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A grammar question

    Having read the post below, I doubt that 'for' should be there, but I am not a teacher.
    www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/226662-all-I-want-is-that-you-are?p=1165745&viewfull=1#post1165745

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    Re: A grammar question

    I wouldn't use "for" there either. Barb's first sentence is just fine.

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    Re: A grammar question

    Meja, a better title would have been He wanted for/that Jane...

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    Re: A grammar question

    Is it possible to keep "that" and express this meaning (He wanted that...)?

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    Re: A grammar question

    I find it unnatural to use a that-clause after 'want', but I am not a teacher.

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    That really doesn't work, Meja.

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    Re: A grammar question

    I think 'that' can be used in 'He hoped that Jane would go to Germany', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: A grammar question

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Meja:

    1. I have often heard some learners from certain countries (such as in Latin-America) say, "He wants that Mona goes to the movies with him."

    a. I am guessing (intelligently?) that they are translating in their minds from the way that it is said in their first language.

    2. I agree with the other posters that it might be a good idea to simply say "He wants Mona to go to the movies with him."

    3. Regarding a sentence such as "He wants for Mona to go to the movies with him," Kenneth G. Wilson in The Columbia Guide to Standard American English (1993) says that the use of "for" is "dialectal." That is to say, some groups of people in certain areas of the country find it acceptable.

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