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"?


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.

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  • 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 '19 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. – Jason Bassford Apr 8 '19 at 14:45

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