English grammar (See all our English grammar tips)
Want to improve your English? Test our online English lessons for free!
To wantCommon constructions with to want (to require, to desire):
• to want (to do) something, to desire (to do) something:
I want to hold your hand. I would like to hold your hand.
I want your money! I desire to have your money!
• to want somebody to do something, to desire someone to do something:
Bruno wants Horatio to stop smoking his pipe in the lab. Bruno would like Horatio to stop smoking his pipe in the lab.
They don't want us to pay the bill. Their desire is that we don't pay the bill.
• to want for somebody to be...:
My parents want for me to be happy with my new husband. My parents would like me to be happy with my new husband.
Still having difficulties with 'To want'? Want to improve your English? Test our online English lessons and receive a free level assessment!
Do you have smart way of remembering this rule? A tip to avoid making a mistake on 'To want'? Share it with us!