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    Want is used as should.

    I have heard some sentances where want is used as should like: I don't think you want to do this and this is not a way you want to resolve it e.t.c.

    But, I don't understand how I should use "want" as "should"?

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    Re: Want is used as should.

    The speaker is putting words in the other person's mouth. As a learner you don't have to learn this subtle, and often threatening, usage.
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    Re: Want is used as should.

    I think the 'have to' above can also be replaced with 'want to', and it is not threatening.
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    Re: Want is used as should.

    I too see no harm in learning it, but in fairness, GS did qualify "threatening" with "often".

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    Re: Want is used as should.

    Google found 200,000,000 examples of 'place you want to visit'.
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    Re: Want is used as should.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Google found 200,000,000 examples of 'place you want to visit'.
    That's obviously a very common phrase, but it's only the last part of the sentences in question.
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    Re: Want is used as should.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Google found 200,000,000 examples of 'place you want to visit'.
    That is one issue with Google searches. You have found a very common usage on the net, where things get repeated, but outside that sort of context, there can be the element of threat.

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    Re: Want is used as should.

    Not only that, but there's nothing to suggest that 'want' means 'have to', or anything other than 'want' in that phrase.

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