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  1. peterwook
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    want sb doing sth ?

    hello
    i bumped into a knotty problem

    I want them to come here. = I want them coming here ???

    or

    We need to have everyone sitting down at the same table
    = We need to have everyone sit down at the same table ???

    are both of the pairs correct???
    or, either of them is incorrect, please tell me which one is gramatically wrong.

    in short,

    want sb ~ing = want sb to do sth?
    have sb doing sth = have sb do sth ?

    thanks~

  2. whitemoon's Avatar
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    Re: want sb doing sth ?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterwook View Post
    hello
    i bumped into a knotty problem

    I want them to come here. = I want them coming here ???
    I want them to come here.
    or

    We need to have everyone sitting down at the same table
    = We need to have everyone sit down at the same table ???
    We need everyone to sit at the same table.

    are both of the pairs correct???
    or, either of them is incorrect, please tell me which one is gramatically wrong.

    in short,

    want sb ~ing = want sb to do sth? want sb to do sth
    have sb doing sth = have sb do sth ? I'm sorry I can't.

    thanks~
    .

  3. peterwook
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    Re: want sb doing sth ?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    .
    i don't think you get the point i meant.

    what i need is whether each expression is ok or the same as the other one.

    please give me another answer or explanation!

    anyway i really appreciate your favor!

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    #4

    Re: want sb doing sth ?

    I got it, but I dare say exactly.
    Actually,
    want + sb + to + base form of verb
    I want you to be a doctor.
    I want her to sit near me.
    want + something + past participle verb
    I want my car washed.
    I want my hair cut.
    have + something + past participle verb
    I had my hair cut.
    I had my car washed.
    I've never seen:
    want +sb+ving
    have+sb+ving
    You can use:
    I saw the children playing football.
    Hope that help you.

  5. peterwook
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    Re: want sb doing sth ?

    thank for your reply first,

    I agree with you but i came across the structure 'want sb ~ing' in a novel

    and 'have sb doing sth' in Macmillan dictionary.

    that's why i got confused more and more.

    anyway, i absolutely appreciate your favor! good luck!

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