For the sentence:

She doesn't want me to see the kids

Is this form correct too? :

she wants me don't see the kids

Any difference or preference?


  • Ah, but your alternative doesn't work. You can't get three verbs in the second form of the sentence, no matter how hard you try. :)
    – M.A.R.
    Commented May 7, 2015 at 20:11
  • @MARamezani Why wouldn't you just take don't with the see verb? It would belong to me then, I think
    – flower
    Commented May 7, 2015 at 20:24

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Your second phrase is not grammatical. "She wants me" needs an indirect object (it is what she wants, after all). "don't see the kids" is a standalone phrase.

So when you say she wants me you expect to... after that. From what I think you are trying to say, you could go with:

She wants me to not see the kids.

or closer to your example:

She doesn't want me to see the kids.

  • Thanks. I see. So is it identical to the first sentence, you know, as use case or meaning?
    – flower
    Commented May 7, 2015 at 20:36
  • Yes they basically mean the same thing in this context. Please check my edit.
    – user3169
    Commented May 7, 2015 at 20:49

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