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    #1

    Is it OK to say, " I want for you to come to the party." ?

    I learned the usage of 'want' is as follows.
    "I want you to come to the party."
    But I found the phrase "I want for you to ..." in some website, and that was different from what I learned at school.
    Are there any difference in connotations between the two usages? I'm glad if anyone helps me...

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    #2

    Re: Is it o.k. to say, " I want for you to come to the party." ?

    I do hear the second version, but I would only use I want you to come to the party. I don't see any difference in intended meaning.

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    #3

    Re: Is it o.k. to say, " I want for you to come to the party." ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I do hear the second version, but I would only use I want you to come to the party. I don't see any difference in intended meaning.
    Do you mean it is not wrong?
    I thought it is wrong.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: Is it o.k. to say, " I want for you to come to the party." ?

    I think it's wrong, but I do hear some native speakers use it- clearly, they don't think it's wrong. It would be marked wrong in an exam.

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    #5

    Re: Is it OK to say, " I want for you to come to the party." ?

    Welcome to the forum, Akihiro.

    Please note that I have edited your thread title.

    Write OK or okay (Okay if it's the first word of a sentence).

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    #6

    Re: Is it OK to say, " I want for you to come to the party." ?

    I've heard both in AmE. The version without 'for' is far more common.
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    #7

    Re: Is it OK to say, " I want for you to come to the party." ?

    I agree with Tdol's post #2 and with skrej's post #6. However, I note that you've asked this question on, at least, one other forum.

    https://www.englishforums.com/Englis...lrhnc/post.htm

    In future, I want (for) you not to do that!

    Posting the same question to several forums just wastes people's time. Instead, post to one forum, wait for some replies, and if you're not satisfied with those, go to another forum, post your question, state that you've asked that question elsewhere and provide a link.

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    #8

    Re: Is it OK to say, " I want for you to come to the party." ?

    All I want is for you to come to the party.

    The cleft structure (above) sounds OK to me.
    "I want for you to come ..." does not.

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