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    'want' or 'want to' in a sentence

    Hello guys,

    please could you help me with this?
    I was asking myself about the 'want to' usage in the end of a sentence:

    My home is remote and a far cry from a public phone box but I won't move and anyway I don't want to.

    So, I'd like to know when the 'to' is needed.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: 'want' or 'want to' in a sentence

    The verb want requires an object. That object can be a noun (or a noun phrase), "I don't want candy," or a verb (in its infinitive form), "I don't want to go." In your sentence the object of want is the verb move. Since the verb has already been stated, only its infinitive marker, to is necessary.

    My home is remote and a far cry from a public phone box but I won't move and anyway I don't want to [move].

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    Re: 'want' or 'want to' in a sentence

    Thank you for your reply, but, one more question:

    Does the verb 'want' always require an object?

    If not, could one say.

    I don't want you to foot this, please.
    No, I insist, I want.
    Does she want to pay the bill?
    yeah, she does = yeah, she wants (to ???)

    Thank you a thousand

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    Re: 'want' or 'want to' in a sentence

    There are usages when want does not require an object. Here are some examples:

    I can go if you want. (to is optional)
    He did not want for girlfriends.

    Mostly, when want is a verb it uses a direct object.

    I don't want you to foot this, please.
    No, I insist, I want to.
    Does she want to pay the bill?
    yeah, she does = yeah, she wants to.

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