What I'd learned so far is that we can only use infinitive after 'want'. But today I saw "mom doesn't want me hanging out with you anymore" in an english book.. Is it correct to use -ing form after want?

Also I want to know if these sentences below sound natural to you guys.

  • Mom doesn't want me to keep hanging out with you anymore.

  • Mom doesn't want me to keep in touch with you anymore.

  • Mom doesn't want me to meet you anymore.


According to British Council and the Cambridge Dictionary [1] and [2], using a gerund after want instead of an infinitive is incorrect.

Therefore, using keep in the sentences is also incorrect (except in the second sentence, since keep in touch is an expression).

All your sentences are perfectly natural, but you'll probably hear English speakers use us more often when talking directly to other people:

Mom doesn't want us to hang out anymore.

Mom doesn't want us to keep in touch.

Mom doesn't want us to meet anymore.

  • +1 want can also be used with a gerund-participal in concealed passive--e.g. "The soup wants stirring." – user178049 Aug 5 '17 at 23:21
  • "Mom doesn't want us to hang out anymore." You usually hang out either with someone or at some place. "Mom doesn't want us to hang out" means that she doesn't want us to spend time aimlessly (to waste time). It doesn't mean that she is against our hanging out/keeping in touch/meeting with one another. The source – Rompey Aug 5 '17 at 23:28

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