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  1. playagain's Avatar

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    #1

    Red face want vs. wanted?

    Anybody can help me with this one?
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    I want to be a star.
    I wanted to be a star.
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    Which of the two is correct?

    Thanks and Mabuhay !!!

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    Re: want vs. wanted?

    Correction
    Can anybody help me with this one?

    [1] I want to be a star (some day). <speaking about the future>
    [2] I wanted to be a star (when I was a child). <speaking about the past>

    All the best.

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    Re: want vs. wanted?

    I'm really happy with this forum... I thank God that He brought me here. I really appreciate those people answering my questions and also the unexpected corrections I'm receiving!

    Application:

    I want to be a doctor like I wanted before.

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    Re: want vs. wanted?

    Good try, but it doesn't work:

    Ex: I want to be a doctor like I wanted before.

    Try again.

    All the best.

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    Angry Re: want vs. wanted?

    Maybe one or more of these will work:

    1. I still want to be a doctor like I wanted before.
    2. I want to be a doctor as I wanted before.
    3. I want to be a doctor which I wanted before.

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    Re: want vs. wanted?

    What about, I've always wanted to be a doctor?

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    Re: want vs. wanted?

    But when you are going to base on grammar, what are my mistakes from the three examples I gave above?

    Your suggestion really helps me a lot :)

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    Re: want vs. wanted?

    [1] I want to be a doctor, just like my sister. <like + noun>
    [2] I want to be a doctor, as I wanted to before. <as + subject + verb>
    [3] I want to be a doctor, which is what I wanted before.

    Does that help?

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    Re: want vs. wanted?

    Yes it helped me.
    Now I'm much more interested in studying English...
    Mabuhay !!!

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    Re: want vs. wanted?

    Casiopea, you're my hero!


    OFF TOPIC: Is your nickname supposed to refer to Japanese Jazz Band

    (here)

    Or is it related to Cassiopeia, the constellation?

    That's been bothering me for a while. I would bet the constellation, am I right?

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