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Postby hanuman_2000 » Sat Oct 16, 2004 5:29 am


He wants watching TV the whole day.

He wants to watch TV the whole day.

Why can not "watching" be used with wants. please comment.


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Postby Alan » Sat Oct 16, 2004 5:33 am

A present participle follows 'want' only when 'want' is being used as a rather informal equivalent of 'need', as in

This shirt wants washing.

meaning 'this shirt NEEDS TO BE WASHED'.

Otherwise, a verbal following 'want' must be an infinitive.

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