I want to eat something different for breakfast. Almost every day, I eat the same thing: Greek yogurt and granola cereal. It’s healthy, but getting boring. So I went to the diner today. For those who are not living in the USA, a diner is a restaurant that is usually open all day and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes all day long. If you visit New York, I want you to think about going to a diner. I think I either want pancakes or a waffle. I want bacon too. I usually don’t eat bacon, but today I want to have it.
Today, I am going to show you the different ways we use want in English. I used these grammar patterns in the opening paragraph, so please take a look at that again and then check out today’s lesson.
We use want + [noun] to talk about the thing we desire:
- I want pancakes for breakfast.
- Jack said he wants a new laptop because his is running Windows XP.
- Everyone who comes to the meeting will want a copy of the meeting minutes.
We also use want + to verb with the same meaning:
- I want to eat pancakes for breakfast.
- Jack said he wants to buy a new laptop because his is running Windows XP.
- Everyone who comes to the meeting will want to have a copy of the meeting minutes.
Finally, we use want [someone] + to verb when we talk about an action we want another person to do. This grammar is also used to give a command or order:
- I want you to study English hard and practice this grammar!
- Jenny wants her husband to get her a new laptop.
- We want Chris to stop smoking.
Now it’s your turn to try. How about trying to write an original sentence using with and one of the patterns I just explained above. Use the comment box below and I’ll check your answers.
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