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    use of want

    I know that want usually takes an infinitive but is it correct to say:

    I want the photos for sending them to my sister?

    I didn't find an example anywhere and in none of my dictionaries either
    Marietta

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    Re: use of want

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I know that want usually takes an infinitive but is it correct to say:

    I want the photos for sending them to my sister?

    I didn't find an example anywhere and in none of my dictionaries either
    Marietta
    You can say 'I want the photos', 'I want a dog', 'I want my dinner'. So you can say, in response to the guestion 'What do you want the photos for?, I want the photos to send to my sister.' However, to state outright to someone 'I want the photos ...' etc. sounds very abrupt, even rude.

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    Re: use of want

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I know that want usually takes an infinitive but is it correct to say:

    I want the photos for sending them to my sister?

    I didn't find an example anywhere and in none of my dictionaries either
    Marietta
    "I want the photos to send to my sister" is much preferred.
    "I want the photos for sending them to my sister." is correct, but not common.
    Note that in English, you don't have to insert a pronoun 'them' here.
    In many cases, your construction is an alternative, but not necessarily a better one.
    I want the money for buying shoes and clothes.
    I want the money to buy shoes and clothes (with).

    I want the net for scooping the fish out of the water.
    I want the net to scoop the fish out of the water (with).

    Sometimes, the form will depend on the conversation.
    A: Why do you want the money?
    B: To buy shoes and clothes.

    A: What do you want the money for?
    B: For buying shoes and clothes.

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    Re: use of want

    In my view, most of the examples (using want), sound a bit childish and unpleasant..

    For example, "Mommy, I want my meal" Most children will use this sort of sentence...

    Just opinion though...
    Last edited by Eden Darien; 05-Jul-2009 at 04:24.

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    Re: use of want

    Quote Originally Posted by Eden Darien View Post
    In my view, most of the examples (using want) above, sound a bit childish and unpleasant..

    For example, "Mommy, I want my meal" Most children will use this sort of sentence...

    Just opinion though...
    Wadda we want?!
    More politeness!
    Wenna we want it?
    Now!

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    Re: use of want

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Wadda we want?!
    More politeness!
    Wenna we want it?
    Now!
    First, my apology if my statement make you feel a bit 'cross'. It was just opinion though Perhaps it's wrong... Sorry once again....

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    Re: use of want

    Quote Originally Posted by Eden Darien View Post
    First, my apology if my statement make you feel a bit 'cross'. It was just opinion though Perhaps it's wrong... Sorry once again....
    No, I'm not cross. It's my fault if you misread my post, which was actually a joke. Unfortunately, it doesn't translate well into proper English.

    However, I will take the opportunity to say that, in English, sentences starting with "I want ..." are not necessarily impolite or childish. It depends totally on the context.

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    Re: use of want

    Okay, I got it...

    Frankly, I am not really au fait with slang and connotations. I just state what I think is correct... Sometimes I learn it by intuition and not to mention by reading materials. However, knowledge is insatiable right? It'll never cease and sufficient.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing.


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