What object is omitted after "want" below?

You can do anything you want.

Since "anything" is the antecedent of the relative clause, is "anything" omitted after "want"?

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No. Elliptically, it's the verb to do that is omitted:

You can do anything you want [to do].

But since it is assumed to exist, repeating it is unnecessary.

  • Thank you so much for your post. I have one more question. Can you teach me what sentences are combined with a relative pronoun here?
    – jinnyk216
    Apr 8, 2019 at 14:43
  • @jinnyk216 You should ask that as a separate question, and try to narrow it down. As it stands, it's too broad for there to be a good answer. Apr 8, 2019 at 14:45

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