Reported Imperatives. Want someone to do something.


Imperative & Reported Imperative. Differences:


Speak in English! (Imperative).
I want you to speak in English (Reported Imperative).

Don't run in the classroom (Imperative).
I told them not to run in the classroom (Reported Imperative).

Reported Imperatives. Want someone to do something.


Reported Imperative sentences have a tricky structure. Remember this structure:

Want + Someone + To + Do + Something

For example: I want you to speak English.

First verb:
Besides want, the following verbs are also very common: tell, ask, need, would like.

I TOLD you to speak in English.
I'LL ASK him to take me home.
We NEED you to concentrate more.

Someone:
On this position, you must use an object pronoun (me, you, him, her, ...) or a noun.

She wants ME to work harder.
I told HER to try to understand my situation.
I asked A FRIEND OF MINE to get me a ticket for the concert.

Not to:
The second verb may be negative. We'll use NOT TO:

I'll tell them NOT TO be late.
I told my neighbours NOT TO make noise so late.
I'd like people NOT TO use so many rude words.

Want + Someone + To + Be + Done:
You can even use this structure for things.

I need THE ORDER to be delivered on Saturday morning.
He wants THE STAND not to be located near the stage.
We'd like THE FIRST COURSE to be served at 1 o'clock.

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