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    • Join Date: Feb 2009
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    about 'wouldn't want'

    for 'singular thing':
     1. I wouldn't want this/that.
     2. I wouldn't want anything like this/that.
    for 'a specific thing':
     3. I wouldn't want this/that house.
     4. I wouldn't want a house like this/that.

    for 'plural things':
     5. I wouldn't want these/those.
     6. I wouldn't want anything like these/those.
    for 'specific things':
     7. I wouldn't want these/those ties.
     8. I wouldn't want ties like these/those.
     9. I wouldn't want ties like this/that.

    Which of the above examples are grammatically considered correct, considering you're speaking for your own opinion of disliking something or some things.

    Thank you very much.


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
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    Re: about 'wouldn't want'

    Which of the above examples are grammatically considered correct, considering you're speaking for your own opinion of disliking something or some things.

    Which of the examples above are considered grammatically correct, considering you're giving your own opinion about disliking something or some things.

    All of them!

    9. I wouldn't want ties like this/that.
    In (8), you correctly used the plural form, 8. I wouldn't want ties like these/those. because you are referring to a plural noun, 'ties'.
    Let's look at (9):
    If 'ties' is plural, and you are using the singular pronoun 'this', then the 'ties' you are referring to are not there in front of you, but ties that might be bought in the future..."and if you do buy me some ties for Christmas, I wouldn't want ties like this (one), with a naked lady on it." You are pointing to/referring to a single tie you are both looking at.

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