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    We are not desperate (for them) to come

    Hello all users!

    There is something that I would like to check with as far as grammar structures are concerned.

    We are not desperate to come = we are not eager to come = we are not anxious to come = we do not want very much to come.

    We are not desperate for them to come = we are not eager for them to come/we are not eager that they should come = we are not anxious for them to come/we are not anxious that they should come = we do not want them very much to come.

    What is your opinion?

    Thank you.

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    Re: We are not desperate (for them) to come

    "Desperate", "eager" and "anxious" are not interchangeable. I wasn't sure if you were trying to say the same thing with all those sentences or simply asking if they were all grammatical despite their different meanings.

    "We do not want very much to come" is not natural. You could use "We don't really want to come" or "We really don't want to come" but those two have different meanings.
    The same goes for "We do not want them very much to come".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: We are not desperate (for them) to come

    I think they are all grammatical despite their different meanings. I may be wrong. What is the substitute for "desperate"?

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    Re: We are not desperate (for them) to come

    Have you checked a thesaurus?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: We are not desperate (for them) to come

    If you think of a spectrum, with an intense feeling of wanting to go on one end, not really caring whether you do or not in the middle, and then an intense feeling of wanting to stay home (or not go), there are ways to express each of those.

    There can be some ambiguity around the negatives statements. "I don't really want to go" could be said after someone insisted how much you want to go and you really feel neutral about it. It can also mean you feel a somewhat negative attitude about going. Context is needed to tell you which is meant.
    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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