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Want & So

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Do you want to know how to use 'want'? Find the meaning of 'want' and how to use it. We will also learn how to use 'want to'. At the end we will look at the connective 'so'. 

Vocabulary - nouns

Note: we 'go on' safaris and cruises.

I want to go on a cruise. 

She wants to go on safaris. 

Vocabulary - adjectives

Want - verb

I want

I want that cake.

We will look at two ways to use the verb 'want'.

Subject + want + noun / noun phrase

Subject + want + to + present form verb + noun / noun phrase / gerund

Subject + want + gerund

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Want - Pronunciation

Listen to how The Beatles sing 'want to'. It sounds like 'wanna'. The words 'want' and 'to' blend together. We shouldn't write 'wanna' but practice saying it like that.

Want examples and exercises

Let's look at the noun first. 

Subject + want / wants + noun / noun phrase

I want a pizza.

She wants a new dress.

She wants a new dress every day.

The children want dinner.

At 6:00pm the children want dinner.

Rebecca wants new shoes.

Rebecca wants new shoes for the school disco.

Rebecca wants new shoes to go to the school disco.

My husband wants swimming.

+TIME CHUNK!

+FREQUENCEY CHUNK!

+PURPOSE CHUNK!

We will now look at the verb.

Subject + want + to + present form verb + noun / noun phrase / gerund

I want to have

I + want + to + have + the chocolate cake​

I want to have the chocolate cake.

They want to go

They + want + to + go + to the park​

They want to go to the park.

Every Friday they want to go to the park.

+FREQUENCEY CHUNK!

He wants to wear

He + wants + to + wear + green trousers.

He wants to wear green trousers.

He wants to wear green trousers for his date.

+PURPOSE CHUNK!

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They + want + to + go + skiing.

They want to go skiing.

Next year they want to go skiing.

+TIME CHUNK!

I want to go to

I want to go to the bank.

Answer

I / go

He wants to read

He wants to read a newspaper.

Answer

He / read

Want Exercises - Negative

Subject + don't / doesn't want + noun / noun phrase

Subject + don't / doesn't want + to + present form verb + noun / noun phrase

I don't want to have

I + don't want + an egg

I + don't want + to + have + an egg

I don't want to have

I don't want an ice-cream.

Answer

I

I don't want to have an ice-cream.

Answer

I / have

I don't want to have

I don't want a beer.

Answer

I

I don't want to have a beer.

Answer

I / have

Want Examples - Past tense

Subject + wanted + noun / noun phrase

Subject + wanted + to + present tense verb + noun / noun phrase

She wanted to go

She wanted to go to a restaurant.

Yesterday she wanted to go to a restaurant

She wanted to go to a restaurant yesterday

+TIME CHUNK!

+TIME CHUNK!

She wanted a
He wanted to go to

Vicky wanted a can of coca-cola.

On Tuesday Vicky wanted a can of coca-cola

She wanted a can of coca-cola on Tuesday

+TIME CHUNK!

+TIME CHUNK!

Dominic wanted to go to France.

Last year Dominic wanted to go to France

Dominic wanted to go to France last year

+TIME CHUNK!

+TIME CHUNK!

Want Exercises - Questions (?)

Do + subject + want + noun / noun phrase

Do + subject + want + to + present tense verb + noun / noun phrase

Do you want to have

Do you want an apple?

Answer

Do you want to have an apple?

Answer

you / have

Do you want to wear a

Do you want a pink cardigan?

Answer

Do you want to wear a pink cardigan?

Answer

you / wear

Do you want to do

Do you want a jigsaw?

Answer

Do you want to do a jigsaw?

Answer

you / do

Really

I want dinner.

I want

I really want dinner.

I really want

Adding really between the subject and the verb strengthens the feeling. 

I want to go to the beach. 

I really want to go to the beach. 

She wants a pizza. 

She really wants a pizza. 

We don't want to go the train station. 

We really don't want to go the train station. 

So

So examples

I like hot weather so I want to go to a beach.

I like hot weather.

I want to go to the beach.

fact...

so

result of fact.

I like hot weather so I want to go to the beach.

I like hot weather so want to go to the beach.

Note: the second pronoun is removed. We don't need it twice.

I like scary rides so I want to go to a theme park.

I like scary rides.

fact...

I want to go to a theme park.

result of fact.

I like scary rides so want to go to a theme park.

so

We like interesting museums so want to go a big city.

We like interesting museums.

fact...

We want to go to a big city.

result of fact.

We like interesting museums so want to go to a big city.

so

So exercises

I

🙂

I like so want to

I like cold weather

so

so

I like so want to

want to go skiing.

Tom

☹️ 

He doesn't like so doesnt want to

Tom doesn't like pizza

so

so

He doesn't like so doesnt want to

doesn't want to go to Italy.

Jane

😃

She loves so wants to

so

Jane loves sunbathing.

Answer
She loves so wants to

Jane wants to go to the beach.

Answer

Jane loves sunbathing so she wants to go to a beach.

Answer

Billy

🙂

He likes so wants to

so

Billy likes animals.

Answer
He likes so wants to

Billy wants to go on a safari.

Answer

Billy likes beautiful animals so he wants to go on a safari.

Answer

Kate

☹️

She hates so doesn't want to

so

Kate hates nature.

Answer
She hates so doesn't want to

Kate doesn't want to go camping

Answer

Kate hates nature so she doesn't want to go camping.

Answer

I

🙁

I don't like so don't want to

so

I don't like boring paintings.

Answer + boring
I don't like so don't want to

I don't want to go to a city

Answer

I don't like boring paintings so I don't want to go to a city.

Answer

Billy

😃

He loves so wants to

so

Billy loves scary rides.

Answer + scary
He loves so wants to

Billy wants to go to a theme park.

Answer

Billy loves scary rides so he wants to go to a theme park.

Answer

So - link to what we already know.

Present tense

I am tall

She gets-up early

Result of present tense

I wear long trousers.

goes to bed early.

so

They are hungry

Yoko lives in England

want a big dinner.

speaks English.

Past tense

I was fat

He woke-up late

Result of past tense

ate salads.

didn't go to work.

so

We were hungry

Rob wanted an interesting book

had a big pizza for dinner.

went to the library.

Extend your sentence with chunks of grammar

Time Chunk

I wanted to wear a new shirt

I wanted to wear a new shirt so went shopping.

Last weekend I wanted to wear a new shirt so went shopping

Frequency Chunk

I want to eat chocolate cake and drink red wine.

I want to eat chocolate cake and drink red wine so go to