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    #1

    "want" in progressive form

    I understand that "I am wanting a new car" is ungrammatical but "I have been wanting a new car" is acceptable.


    Is this because "I have been wanting a new car" is in the present perfect progressive tense?


    How about the following sentences (in the future progressive tense or past progressive tense)?


    1. I'll be wanting a new car next year.
    2. She was wanting a new car, and her father bought it for her.

    with "more and more"
    3. I am wanting a new car more and more.
    Last edited by Snappy; 06-May-2009 at 05:23.

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    #2

    Re: "want" in progressive form

    As far as I know, want, need and mean can be used in future progressive or perfect progressive only.

    in polite enquiries: Will you be wanting a taxi tomorrow, sir?
    in polite requests: I will be wanting a taxi at 5 o'clock in the morning. (it's not that I really want, I need it)

    I am not sure how we use them in perfect progressive. Anyway, the use of these words in these tenses even if legitimate doesn't seem to be very common.

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    Re: "want" in progressive form

    BTW Snappy, I looked it up in M. Swan's Practical English Usage, it's a brilliant book for learners and teachers of English, this forum and this book are both irreplaceable when it comes to my enquiries about English ;)look it up at Amazon and you will see :)

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