English grammar questions, answered by Alan
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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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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.