Verb Patterns in English: Want + Object + Infinitive (Common Mistakes in English)

English Verb Patterns - Want

In this English lesson, you will learn the pattern for the verb want. I see a lot of mistakes made here. Watch the lesson, enjoy the examples, and then learn more by watching my other videos.


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Verb Patterns: Want (Video Transcript)

Hello. This is Jack from tofluency.com and welcome to this English lesson where we’re going to talk about verb patterns – we’re going to specifically look at want because I see many mistakes being made in more complex sentences using want. But first, let’s have a look at the basic pattern with want…

Look at this: I want plus the verb. Now, which sounds better I want to go or I want going – it’s I want to go. Now, this is the verb pattern. After want we always use the infinitive. I want to go. I wanted to go. He has wanted to go. Now, that probably sounds normal to you, however, here is a mistake that I see happen all the time. This is when we use an object. I hear a lot of learners say: I want that you do it or I want that you go. This is usually because learners are translating word for word from their native language, however, the proper way to say this is: I want you to do it. I want you to do it or I want you to go from our first example. What we’re going to do now is have a look at more examples to help you become more familiar with this. I just want you to be happy. So again, we’re using I want + you

I just want you to be happy. So again, we’re using I want + you the object + to be the infinitive – don’t worry too much about the grammar just get used to the patterns. I just want you to be happy. Here is another example about a party: I really want them to come. I really want them to come. And here is a more complex example: I don’t think they wanted Paul to go to the wedding. I don’t think they wanted Paul to go to the wedding.

Now, if you want to learn more about verbs patterns, specifically the infinitive versus the gerund, then watch this video. There is a link in the description that will take you to this video so thank you for watching and I’ll see you next time!

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