I want you succeed in life.

Is the above sentence correct? It sounds grammatical if we think of the sentence as 'I want that you succeed in life' and take 'that you succeed in life' as the object of the verb.

Is it the same as:

I want you to succeed in life.

Will it be correct to think as it? Is the particle 'to' omitted in the sentence?

(I don't mean that I want to succeed).


The correct form would be: "I want you to succeed in life." The word to is used to connect your wishes to the specific person, in this case you. The phrases like "I want you to", "I need you to" are always used with a to. Honestly it also sounds better to the ear.

  • Is the sentence ' I want you succeed in life' correct and if it is correct what does it mean? May 27 '20 at 15:35
  • 'I want you to succeed in life ' has another meaning that I want you in order to succeed in life. I'm totally confused 😕. May 27 '20 at 15:37
  • No, we don't use it in the form " I want you succeed in life". We use always use it with a "to" if you are expressing your wishes for him/her. If you mean you need him/her for your own success, you can use "in order to" instead of "to": "I want you in order to succeed in life.
    – tamuno
    May 27 '20 at 15:55

The first sentence is incorrect. The sentence should be in “verb + to-infinitive” form. Therefore, “I want you to succeed in life” is correct.

If you mean that you want the person to maintain the state of success, then you can say “I want you succeeding”.

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