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  1. hector51's Avatar

    • Join Date: Dec 2005
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    want somebody doing something?


    I saw the sentence "I want you coming home soon" yesterday in the Oxford dictionary and it's quite a strange structure to me (I was taught "want somebody to do something) ,so would you please explain this structure to me ?

    thanks so much!!

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
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    Re: want somebody doing something?

    "I want you to come home soon" is clearer, but you could speak in terms of the person's act of coming home at, perhaps, a certain time, say, "At five o'clock, I want you coming home, or 'on your way.'

    These structures are not incorrect as such, but now, what does "coming home" mean here, being 'on the way,' or 'walking through the door,' as it were?

    Be as clear as you can in writing any sentence.


    • Join Date: May 2006
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    Re: want somebody doing something?

    It might be elliptic - I want you to be coming home.

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    Re: want somebody doing something?

    The negative is common:
    I don't want you coming back late.


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