I'm reading a book and found there is a sentence. Is it correct? I'm not an English native speaker and I just feel Do you is more proper here. Just want to confirm.

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    No, the book got it wrong. The sentence should say: Do you want to cancel the update? – Michael Rybkin Nov 22 '18 at 20:22
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    Or, "Are you sure that you want . . . ?" – Gary Botnovcan Nov 22 '18 at 20:29
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    Or, "Are you wanting to cancel the updates," which is ugly but grammatical. – Andrew Nov 22 '18 at 21:15

I am confirming that you're not wrong and your intuition is serving you well. Do you want is not a MORE proper but THE proper way to say that. "Are you want" makes "want" sound more like an adjective or a noun of some sort, but "want" being an adjective or a noun makes zero sense in that context.

Here's a little reminder for you: the auxiliary verbs do, does and did (note that I said "auxiliary" as the usage of the verb do here is different from the way do is used normally when it's a regular verb) are always paired with verbs while different forms of the verb to be such as "are" and "is" are never paired with verbs. For more detailed information on this topic, follow the link in blue.

  • Thank you for the explanation! BTW, are you Coach Shane? I watched many Coach Shane's videos on Youtube. – Just a learner Nov 23 '18 at 11:02
  • I'm not him. I'm his close friend though. If you want to get access to his private lessons with a discount, I'm the guy to talk to. – Michael Rybkin Nov 23 '18 at 16:41

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