I want to learn the difference between 'I want camping' and 'I want to camp'. Please, somebody tell me the difference~

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    "I want camping" doesn't make any sense. It does not mean "I want to camp".
    – Era
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 17:58
  • I can think of contexts in which "I want camping" makes sense. Please explain your context.
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 20:10

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"I want camping" doesn't make sense. "Camping" is an activity, not an object. You can say, "I want to go camping" -- or "I want to camp", your other example. (Similarly, you can't say, "I want eating." You could say "I want to eat" or "I wish I was eating.")

Perhaps you heard or read, "I went camping", that is, "went", not "want". That is a common way of saying that I was camping at some time in the past.

"I want to camp" means that I desire to go camping at some time in the future.

  • I was drafting an answer, but yours is just right. +1 Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 18:56
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    I agree with pretty much everything you said. Maybe, maybe, you could say "I want camping" in the sense of "I desire there to be the activity of 'camping'", but it's really hard to come up with a reasonable use for it.
    – stangdon
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 19:19
  • @stangdon - +1 for your dual maybes. That said, it's not hard to imagine why an English novice might think "I want camping" is a legitimate way to say "I want to go camping."
    – J.R.
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 22:58
  • @stangdon Good point. Like, Person A: "What activities should we have for the youth group this year? Boating? Camping? A concert?" Person B: "Oh, I want camping." Unusual, but certainly possible.
    – Jay
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 23:13

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