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What is correct?

  • I wanted to see, what would happen.

  • I wanted to see, what would have happened.

  • I want to see, what would happen

  • I want to see, what will happen.

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They are all correct in context although you don't need the comma.

I wanted to see what would happen when the fuse was lit.

Here you are describing an action in the past that is not complete.

I wanted to see what would have happened if the fuse had been lit.

Here you are describing an action in the past based on a condition if the fuse had been lit.

I want to see what would happen if the fuse is lit.

Here you are describing an action in the present based on a condition if the fuse is lit.

I want to see what will happen when the fuse is lit.

Here you are describing an action in the present that is incomplete.

There are other options too but the differences between your sentences (as I have completed them) are that some are set in the past and others in the present. And that some are conditional and others not.

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