English Grammar Lesson & Mp3 Podcast: Want Vs. Want to & Need Vs Need to

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I want to eat something yummy

I want to eat something yummy

Want and need have a similar grammatical pattern. Let’s have a look at these today. Listen to the lesson as you read along:

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We use want + noun, like this:

  • I want pizza for lunch.
  • Jack said he wants pepperoni pizza.
  • The students wanted the university lateness policy changed, so they met with the dean.
  • I wanted a new hat, so I went to the mall

We use want + to VERB. In a past sentence, the pattern is wanted + to VERB. like this:

  • I want to have pizza for lunch.
  • Jack said he wants to eat pepperoni pizza.
  • The students said they wanted to see they the lateness policy of the university changed.
  • I wanted to buy a new hat, so I went to the mall

In a similar way, we use need + noun, like this:

  • I need a new computer. This one is broken.
  • Jack said he needs time to repair the broken server.
  • The students needed flexibility in the lateness policy, so they met with the dean.
  • I needed a new hat, so I went to the mall.

We use need + to VERB. In a past sentence, the pattern is needed + to VERB, like this:

  • I need to get a new computer. This one is broken.
  • Jack said he needs to have more time to repair the broken server.
  • The students said the university needed to have flexibility in the lateness policy.
  • I needed to pick up a new hat, so I went to the mall.

What do you want to have for dinner tonight? Do you need to buy anything today? Leave a comment here and let me know.



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