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What's the difference between; I want it I want to have it

And what is the reason?

Thank you in advance

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There is a slight difference between the two. So little that both can be used in place of each other without changing the actual meaning of the sentence. 'want to have it" is a stronger urge to get something than 'want it'.

  • This is the opposite of what I thought. Now I'm confused. – Ringo Oct 21 '17 at 15:51
  • It's true, there is a movie called "She's Got to Have It," which means she has a very strong urge. But that is a slang expression that's different from the example in my answer. In my example and probably some others, "want to have [noun]" is less emphatic than "want [noun]." – Ringo Oct 21 '17 at 16:24
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There isn't much difference, as far as I can tell. There might be more immediacy and emphasis to want than want to have. For example:

He wants sex.

He wants to have sex.

People might disagree, but I think he wants sex could connote a stronger or more spontaneous urge than he wants to have sex, which connotes a more deliberate or more formalized or less immediate action.

EDIT: Adding some more examples just so people can draw conclusions for themselves:

I want the kidney transplant.

I want to have the kidney transplant.

The CEO wanted the Ferrari.

The CEO wanted to have the Ferrari.

The dog wants a kiss.

The dog wants to have a kiss.

We wanted a World Series championship.

We wanted to have a World Series championship.

Looking at these examples, I still believe wants to have implies a more deliberate or more formalized action. The desire in wants is perhaps more ephemeral or spontaneous.

For example, it's a tiny bit awkward to say The dog wants to have a kiss because it implies that the dog is thinking about it and has made a conscious decision that he would like you to kiss him. We know dogs don't reason in this way, so it's a little humorous to say a dog wants to have a kiss. Instead, we would say, "The dog wants a kiss." It's a simple, spontaneous desire.

  • The example is awesome – Haruto Nagasaki Oct 21 '17 at 8:44
  • Haha, yeah, I just wanted something simple to understand but not boring. – Ringo Oct 21 '17 at 15:49
  • @haruto I edited my answer again, i added an explanation of the dog example at the very bottom. Maybe this can clarify things a little – Ringo Oct 21 '17 at 17:46

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