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    Question want

    Hello everybody,

    I found a sentence in an English text book but I think it's wrong!!!(although it's improbable)

    I don't want people ringing me all the time. Shouldn't it be: I don't want people to ring me all the time?????

    Thank you very much!

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    It must be British. If you are used to the American version of English, just substitute "ringing" with "calling". If you are using a British English for your studies, then the sentence is correct.

    Hope it helps.

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    Re: want

    Quote Originally Posted by kukinecka View Post
    Hello everybody,

    I found a sentence in an English text book but I think it's wrong!!!(although it's improbable)

    I don't want people ringing me all the time. Shouldn't it be: I don't want people to ring me all the time?????

    Thank you very much!
    The "ringing" (or 'calling') sentence is also correct. You can look at it as emphasizing the situation of "people ringing me all the time".
    I don't want (to be in a situation of) people ringing me all the time.

    In those sentences "all the time" doesn't literally mean all the time; it means very often.

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