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
"I want the photos for sending
themto 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.
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.
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.
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.