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    incorrect option

    The Headmaster ___________ to speak to you. Which of the following options is INCORRECT to complete the above sentence?
    (A) is wanting
    (B) wants
    (C) want
    (D) was wanting

    According to my knowledge, i guessed that the only CORRECT option is "wants"...
    But answer given is "wants" and in some other sites "want" ....what is the problem with these words here?
    This is a single option correct question and i dont have the official answer key ... pls help
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    Re: incorrect option

    Quote Originally Posted by matrixone View Post
    The headmaster ___________ to speak to you. Which of the following options is INCORRECT to complete the above sentence?
    (A) is wanting
    (B) wants
    (C) want
    (D) was wanting

    According to my knowledge, I guessed that the only CORRECT option is "wants" but the answer given is "wants" and in on some other sites "want". What is the problem with these words here?
    This is a "single option is correct" question and I don't have the official answer key. pls Please help.
    First, see my corrections above. It's important to follow these rules of written English:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with one appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Always capitalise the word "I".

    It's a strange question and, in my opinion, a poor question. The obvious correct word for that sentence is "wants". The absolutely incorrect word is "want" because it's a plural verb so it can't follow the singular noun "The headmaster". However, as you said, they are suggesting that only one word is incorrect. Some variants of English use the continuous form much more regularly than others. On that basis, some people will say that "is wanting" and "was wanting" are both possible.

    Where did you find this question?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    First, see my corrections above. It's important to follow these rules of written English:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with one appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Always capitalise the word "I".

    It's a strange question and, in my opinion, a poor question. The obvious correct word for that sentence is "wants". The absolutely incorrect word is "want" because it's a plural verb so it can't follow the singular noun "The headmaster". However, as you said, they are suggesting that only one word is incorrect. Some variants of English use the continuous form much more regularly than others. On that basis, some people will say that "is wanting" and "was wanting" are both possible.

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    Thanks
    And a lot more thanks for those corrections.
    I got this question from an entrance exam for Masters Programs (Engineering).I have a few more questions like this.Should I start a new thread or can I continue here ?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 04-Mar-2017 at 12:07. Reason: Deleting 'Sir'.

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    Re: incorrect option

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    First, see my corrections above. It's important to follow these rules of written English:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with one appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Always capitalise the word "I".

    It's a strange question and, in my opinion, a poor question. The obvious correct word for that sentence is "wants". The absolutely incorrect word is "want" because it's a plural verb so it can't follow the singular noun "The headmaster". However, as you said, they are suggesting that only one word is incorrect. Some variants of English use the continuous form much more regularly than others. On that basis, some people will say that "is wanting" and "was wanting" are both possible.

    Where did you find this question?
    I have a problem with your answer. You are saying "want" is a plural verb. but according to this reference , "wants" is the plural of "want". Thus I think the answer should be "wants".
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 04-Mar-2017 at 12:06. Reason: Deleting 'Sir'.

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    Re: incorrect option

    Please stop addressing responders as 'Sir'. You cannot assume that everybody here is male.

    'Wants' is the plural of the noun 'want'. Here 'wants' and 'wants' are verbs, so it's 'The headmaster wants' or 'headmasters want'.

    Start a new thread for unrelated questions, with a title which includes words or phrases you are asking about. A better title for this thread would have been 'The headmaster _____ to speak to you.'

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    #6

    Re: incorrect option

    I agree that it's a poor question, as the continuous forms are much less likely than the present. However, in my variety of English, every answer except C is possible.
    I am not a teacher.

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