Want

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After want, we normally use an infinitive with to.

An object + infinitive structure is also possible.

That-clauses are not normally used after want.

Structures

Want can be followed by an object + complement.

To be or as is used before a noun complement.

be wanting

Be wanting means be missing or lacking.

Want meaning ‘need’

In informal British English, want is often used to mean ‘need’.

In this case, want can be followed by an -ing form.

See also

Want
-ward(s)
Was and were
Well and good
Whether and if
Which and what
Wish
With
Whose
Would like
Would and used to

See also

Very
Until and till
Up and down
Used to

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