[General] Want is used as should.

arjitsharma

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I have heard some sentances where want is used as should like: I don't think you want to do this and this is not a way you want to resolve it e.t.c.

But, I don't understand how I should use "want" as "should"?
 

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The speaker is putting words in the other person's mouth. As a learner you don't have to learn this subtle, and often threatening, usage.
 

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I think the 'have to' above can also be replaced with 'want to', and it is not threatening.
 

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I too see no harm in learning it, but in fairness, GS did qualify "threatening" with "often".
 

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Not only that, but there's nothing to suggest that 'want' means 'have to', or anything other than 'want' in that phrase.
 
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