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    #1

    I don't want you coming

    (1) I don't want you coming in at two this afternoon.


    (2) I don't want you to come in at two this afternoon.


    Any difference?

    (3) I don't want you to come in at two this afternoon.



    (4) I want you not to come in at two this afternoon.

    Are sentence (3) and (4) the same meaning?


    In all these above sentences, is it correct to take out "in" from "come in or coming in"?

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    #2

    Re: I don't want you coming

    In (1), I'm being critical of you, perhaps giving you a warning. I think there's a real chance that you might come in at two this afternoon and I don't want that to be the case. Perhaps you've come in at two before and it's annoyed me. Or maybe I know you well enough to admit the possibility that you're going to be late. You should in by noon at the latest, so don't be late! Maybe I don't want you to come in at all. Whatever, the phrasing makes it likely that I'm less than pleased with you.

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