My friend just started to learn English and I want to listen to him speaking English. My question is what is the best / correct way to tell him it out of the following three choices (or more others that I didn't mention):

1) I want you to speak English (optional: already).

2) I want that you will speak English (already).

3) I want that you speak English (already).

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"I want you to speak English" is the correct version.

See the Cambridge Dictionary entry for want:

> Warning: We don’t use want with a that-clause:
I want you to tidy your room before the visitors come.
Not: I want that you tidy your room ...

  • +1 for the answer. It means that I shouldn't say "I want that he'll come here."? ( and I should say "I want he'll come here". No way that I can use "that" (except for demonstrative, of course) after want? Jul 28, 2018 at 21:01
  • You need to use the object pronoun: I want him to come here. And thanks to the person who edited the link. I haven't worked out how to link properly yet.
    – S Conroy
    Jul 28, 2018 at 21:09

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