What is the difference between both?

When should I use Want to and when should I use Wanna?

I was wondering if there is the correct way - gramatically speaking - depending on the situation, or if this is just a matter of taste.

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    As a general rule, you don't wanna use wanna.
    – J.R.
    Mar 26 '18 at 17:48

The correct and standard version is want to. As a general rule of thumb, always use want to.

Wanna is an example of eye dialect, which is writing things in the way to reflect how people actually pronounce them informally, for example

An' then Moses sez to Pharaoh...

instead of the standard

And then Moses says to Pharaoh...


That was a helluva thing to see

instead of

That was a hell of a thing to see

We use eye dialect only when writing extremely informally or when attempting to represent someone's direct speech.

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    I wanna expound on your example: An' then Moses sez to Phay-roh, "Lemmy people go!"
    – J.R.
    Mar 26 '18 at 17:50
  • So, to be more clearer, should I use wanna when I'm in an informal conversation? Mar 27 '18 at 11:09
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    @FernandoPaz - I wouldn't even use it in an informal conversation. Want to is always going to be correct and understood. But if you see wanna you'll know that you're in a very informal conversation.
    – stangdon
    Mar 27 '18 at 12:21

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